The situation in Khartoum is still tense following the abortive coup in Sudan allegedly led by former Brigadier Mohammed Nur Said.
The situation in Khartoum is still tense following the abortive coup in Sudan allegedly led by former Brigadier Mohammed Nur Said. President Ja'a far Al-Nimeiry has requested that the Untied Nations Security Council be asked to meet to hear Sudan's claims that Libya was responsible for the coup attempt and Sudan has broken off diplomatic relations with Libya.
SYNOPSIS: General Nimeiry has said only 20 percent of the insurgents wore Sudanese. In the fierce fighting in Khartoum, the North New Bridge was damaged when an ammunition truck blew up. The Sudan Government says the fighting was over in a matter of hours, and only mopping up remained to be carried out. However to strengthen the Government's position, a Sudanese force of 1,500 men was flown back from the Suez Canal, where they've been stationed since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Reports varied on the numbers of insurgents talking part in the fighting. Estimates ranged from 100 to 200. Sudan says it has proof of Libya's part in the coup attempt in the form of confessions and captured military equipment of Libyan origin and a Sudanese army spokesman has given background information on the alleged cup leader, Mohammed Nur Said.
Libya has denied any part in the abortive coup, during which an estimated three hundred people died and a similar number were wounded. President Nimeiry said that the conspirators who were behind the coup attempt would continue to send mercenaries against him, but they would be turned back. There are reports of arrests of some Sudanese politicians in connection with the coup. Among them is said to be Mr. Ali Mahmoud Hassanein who, it was alleged, would have become the country's new Prime Minister should the coup have succeed. The arrested politicians were described as "reaction???"