Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sudan Arrests Thirteen Over Plot Against National Stability

Sudan arrests thirteen over plot against national stability

Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:13PM GMT

Sudanese security authorities have arrested thirteen people including senior intelligence and military figures over an alleged plot against national stability.

Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman announced the arrests on Thursday, saying the most prominent of the detainees was retired General Salah Gosh, who served as the chief of the National Intelligence Service until 2009.

Also among those arrested are General Adil al-Tayeb of the National Intelligence and Security Service and Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim of the Sudanese Armed Forces.

Ibrahim was deputy commander of the military's operation for retaking the Heglig oil fields occupied by South Sudanese forces earlier this year.

Osman said those arrested are under investigation in connection with the plot which was initially planned for November 15 but was delayed until Thursday.

"The authorities decided to stop them before they implemented it," he added.

The plot “led by some opposition party leaders” were intended to target “the stability of the state and some leaders of the state," Osman said.

At about the time that the plot was reportedly broken down earlier on Thursday, tanks, armored vehicles and troops were seen rolling in the streets of Khartoum leading to the capital’s downtown area where government buildings are located.

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