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Sudan crisis: 40 bodies pulled from Nile

Published: June 05, 2019 20:01:52 | Updated: June 08, 2019 11:56:42


Forty bodies have been pulled from the River Nile in the Sudanese capital Khartoum following a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests, opposition activists said on Wednesday, reports BBC.

Doctors linked to the opposition said the bodies were among 100 people believed killed since security forces attacked a protest camp on Monday. Reports said a feared paramilitary group was attacking civilians. Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) vowed to investigate.

Residents in Khartoum told the BBC they were living in fear as members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) roamed the streets.
The paramilitary unit - formerly known as the Janjaweed militia - gained notoriety in the Darfur conflict in western Sudan in 2003. "Forty bodies of our noble martyrs were recovered from the river Nile yesterday," the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said in a Facebook post. An official from the group told the BBC that they had witnessed and verified the bodies in hospitals and that the death toll now stood at 100.

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