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2 guards killed in attack on presidential palace in Khartoum: spokesperson

Police and army deploy to the presidential palace
Presidential Palace in Khartoum (AFP)

Gunfire was heard inside the presidential palace in Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday, eyewitnesses said. Reports then broke that two guards had been killed in the attack, a government spokesperson said.

Army and police forces were seen deployed around the palace and traffic was halted in a number of nearby streets, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the Sudanese capital.

A well-placed source told Anadolu that a man was detained after opening fire toward the palace.

However, the semi-official Sudan Media Center website reported that the assailant had been killed.

The Centre said that an unidentified man approached palace guards with a knife, before stabbing a guard, snatching his weapon and opening fire. .

It was unclear if President Omar al-Bashir was at the palace at the time. Al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 coup. He announced last month he plans to run for office again next year.

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