Johannesburg – As the death toll continues to rise in the ongoing protests across Sudan Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has pointed the finger of blame for those killed at “infiltrators and saboteurs”, claiming the weapons used to kill the protesters don’t exist in Sudan.
The Sudanese authorities claim the death toll is around 24 while the opposition claims it has reached 50. Amnesty International also supports a higher figure than Khartoum is giving.
Addressing an annual gathering of Sufi sects at Al-Kireida area in White Nile State, some 392 km south-west of the capital Khartoum on Sunday, Bashir said infiltrators have exploited the protests to burn and destroy property and kill demonstrators, the Sudan Tribune reported.
“The doctor of Burri neighbourhood was killed from within the protest by a weapon that is neither held by the army and police nor does it exist in Sudan,” said Bashir.
The president added that detainees from the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW), led by Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur, had confessed to have been ordered to infiltrate the mass protests and kill demonstrators in order to ignite a crisis to destroy Sudan.