Khartoum - Sudan's armed forces will make an important announcement soon, state television said on Thursday as troops were deployed in Khartoum amid speculation that a coup attempt was underway against President Omar al-Bashir after months of protests.
"The armed forces will present an important statement shortly. Be ready for it," the announcement on state television read, without giving further details.
The army and security services deployed troops around the defence ministry and on major roads and bridges in Khartoum as thousands of people flocked to an anti-government protest outside the ministry, a Reuters witness said.
Protesters outside the ministry chanted: "It has fallen, we won."
Al Arabiya TV reported that Bashir had resigned and several officials were arrested, including the defence minister. But there was no confirmation.