Khartoum violence to be investigated


Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok ordered an investigation into a violent crackdown by security forces on protesters in Khartoum.

Hamdok said in a televised speech: “I decided to form an investigative committee to events on February 20-21.”

Attorney General Taj-Elsir Ali would head the committee and a final report would be issued within seven days.

Last Thursday, Sudanese security forces used teargas and batons to disperse protesters. They were demanding reinstatement of army officers dismissed for refusing to crack down on demonstrations against former President Omar al-Bashir, witnesses said.

A doctors’ committee linked to the opposition said at least 17 people were wounded and many were hit by teargas canisters.