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Gunfire erupts as Sudan security agents reject payoff plan

Heavy gunfire broke out in Sudan s capital Tuesday as several agents of the long-feared security agency launched a rebellion against a restructuring plan, prompting a closure of the international airport. The shots were fired at some bases of the Directorate of General Intelligence Service, formerly known as the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the powerful security arm of longtime president Omar al-Bashir. NISS agents were at the forefront of a crackdown against protesters during a nationwide anti-Bashir uprising that erupted in December 2018 and finally led to his ouster by the army last April. Witnesses and an AFP correspondent reported that gunfire broke out at the agency s bases in Riyadh and Khartoum North. All streets leading to the two bases were cordoned off, causing traffic jams, witnesses said. The AFP correspondent also said several vehicles carrying soldiers and troops from the Rapid Support Forces had headed towards the bases. Troops from operating .


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