Assailants Who Killed Peaceful Protesters in Sudan Have Been Arrested

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Justice has been served in the case of the Sudanese protesters who were killed this past week in the nation’s capital city of Khartoum.

According to the BBC, a spokesman for  Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) claimed that multiple men were arrested in connection to Monday’s (May 13) murders. Five pro-democracy protesters and at least one security official lost their lives.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo is the TMC spokesman who told the BBC about the men who were arrested in connection with the killings. General Dagalo is also known in Sudan as “Hemeti,” which is another name he goes by.

General Dagalo gave his official statement about this tragic situation prior to the TMC’s decision to resume peace talks with armed opposition groups. Protesters said the TMC was responsible. However, the Sudanese Army admitted that its “infiltrators” are to blame.

It is worth noting that Northeast Africa is a hotbed for terrorist activity. The peaceful Sudanese demonstrators who want a fair and modern government have legitimate reasons to not trust the TMC.

Many of the TMC’s ranking members were complicit in the treachery that was exercised under President Omar Al-Bashir’s regime. However, there are also organized terrorist groups that operate in the region who seek to kill members of the TMC and the opposition.

Al-Shabab ( an Al-Qaeda-linked radical Islamic group that started in Somalia) is starting to expand its reach in East Africa and beyond. In Sudan’s neighboring nation of Kenya, Al-Shabab wreaked havoc on shoppers at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall.

In 2013, well-armed Al-Shabab militants stormed Kenya’s serene Westgate Mall area in its capital city and murdered 67 people. A four-day siege ensued and Al-Shabab exercised its barbaric will to be a menace outside its home African country of Somalia.

The International Crisis Group published a detailed report about Al-Shabab and its grave threat to political stability in all of East and Northeast Africa. This Al-Qaeda-linked group has already shown its desire to spread its influence in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

It is not at all far-fetched to believe that Al-Shabab may be seeing the unstable situation in Sudan as a ripe opportunity to impose its will.

In closing, the TMC of Sudan has stated that it strongly believes the right men are in custody over the killings, which happened during protests in Khartoum this past week.

“Juridical experts have seen footage from two cameras that filmed [the gunmen]. And if [you think] we are lying, the cameras don’t lie,” said General Dagalo, according to the BBC.