By Mohammed Amin

KHARTOUM (AA) – Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) said late Thursday that it had foiled an attempted coup.

In a statement broadcast live on state-run television, it said the failed coup was aimed at undermining the final agreement to be signed between the military and opposition on sharing power for three years ahead of elections.

Officers and soldiers from the army and National Intelligence and Security Service have been arrested over the coup attempt, said General Jamal Omar, chairman of the ruling military council’s Committee on Security and Defense.

Noting that at least 16 people have been detained, including both retired and active officers, Omar said the military council is still tracking down others that may be involved.

Sudan has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment announced the removal of President Omar al-Bashir after months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.

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