An attempted coup by elements of the Sudanese Army failed in the capital Khartoum on Friday (5 September) when the Government crushed a rebellion.
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Background: An attempted coup by elements of the Sudanese Army failed in the capital Khartoum on Friday (5 September) when the Government crushed a rebellion.
This leaves President Jaafar El Nimeiry, who came to power in a bloodless coup six years ago, as leader of the Government. He said afterwards in a nationwide broadcast the attempted coup had been easily foiled.
He told the Sudanese News Agency security forces had known of the plot in advance. The rebels had planned to kill him, he said.
When he left his headquarters after the attempted coup had been announced, thousands of cheering soldiers and civilians were there to congratulate him. They virtually mobbed him as he walked in the streets of the capital.
Meanwhile, troops were guarding key points in Khartoum in case of any further incidents. President Nimeiry promised a just trial for the conspirators. The leader of the abortive coup, Paratroop Colonel Hassan Hussein Osman, was seriously wounded in the brief but bitter fighting.
There was fighting at Broadcasting House - which the rebels held and broadcast from for two hours - and at barracks at El Shagara. The number of casualties was not thought to be high.
President Nimeiry said the plotters were few in numbers. He said they had received large sums of money from abroad. Ministers blamed the abortive coup on communists and the outlawed "Moslem Brotherhood".