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    The situation in Khartoum is still tense following the abortive coup in Sudan allegedly led by former Brigadier Mohammed Nur Said.

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    GV PAN FROM: river to traffic controller on bridge (2 shots)

    GV and CU: solider standing over hole in bridge (2 shots)

    GV: Army headquarters and flag (2 shots)

    SV and CU: troops in camp (4 shots)

    GV and SV: damage to army buildings and equipment (2 shots)

    CU: captured coup leader Mohammed Mur Said in army office under interrogation (2 shots)

    CU: captured weapons (5 shots)

    SV PAN FROM: tank to army headquarters gate

    ARMY SPOKESMAN: "Mohammed Nur Said is an ex army officer graduated from the Military College 1955. Continued his services until 1969. During this period he visited Indian and Germany, where he studied mechanical engineering. He was fired form the military service in 1974 as he was accused of plotting for a coup. He was also accused of plotting for September 1975. After that he left the Sudan for Germany and from there he joined the mercenaries in Libya. He came to khartown on the 2nd of July, 1976, where he was a commander of the troops which invaded Khartoum. Mohammed Nur Said was seen during this invasion by the military officers here in Khartoum, he spoke to them, he said he was the commander of the invasion."

    Sudan has seen many coup attempts since General Nimeiry came to power in 1969. He himself came to power as the result of a military coup. It has been said that some of the subsequent attempted coups have not been reported. Another figure alleged to be prominent in the attest attempt is a former Sudanese Premier, Mr. Sadiq Al-Mahdi, who's been in exile for more than five years. President Nimeiry is reported to have said that Mr. Mahdi was close at hand, ready to become Chairman of the country's Political Bureau if the coup had gone as the insurgents had planned.

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    Background: The situation in Khartoum is still tense following the abortive coup in Sudan allegedly led by former Brigadier Mohammed Nur Said. President Ja'a far Al-Nimeiry has requested that the Untied Nations Security Council be asked to meet to hear Sudan's claims that Libya was responsible for the coup attempt and Sudan has broken off diplomatic relations with Libya.

    SYNOPSIS: General Nimeiry has said only 20 percent of the insurgents wore Sudanese. In the fierce fighting in Khartoum, the North New Bridge was damaged when an ammunition truck blew up. The Sudan Government says the fighting was over in a matter of hours, and only mopping up remained to be carried out. However to strengthen the Government's position, a Sudanese force of 1,500 men was flown back from the Suez Canal, where they've been stationed since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

    Reports varied on the numbers of insurgents talking part in the fighting. Estimates ranged from 100 to 200. Sudan says it has proof of Libya's part in the coup attempt in the form of confessions and captured military equipment of Libyan origin and a Sudanese army spokesman has given background information on the alleged cup leader, Mohammed Nur Said.

    Libya has denied any part in the abortive coup, during which an estimated three hundred people died and a similar number were wounded. President Nimeiry said that the conspirators who were behind the coup attempt would continue to send mercenaries against him, but they would be turned back. There are reports of arrests of some Sudanese politicians in connection with the coup. Among them is said to be Mr. Ali Mahmoud Hassanein who, it was alleged, would have become the country's new Prime Minister should the coup have succeed. The arrested politicians were described as "reaction???"

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