Vehicle of the Turkish ambassador in Sudan hit by gunfire | News

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The official vehicle of the Türkiye ambassador to Sudan has been hit by gunfire, as clashes between the army and a paramilitary group continue in and around the capital Khartoum.


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No casualties were reported in Saturday's shooting and the source of the shots that hit Ismail Cobanoglu's vehicle is unclear, Turkish diplomatic sources said.

The Turkish embassy in Khartoum said in a statement that a car from the ambassador's convoy was shot at in Sudan, without specifying the place, without "the incident resulting in death or injury."

The mission did not identify the perpetrators of the attack, although the Rapid Support Forces (FAR) paramilitary group accused the Army of firing on the convoy.

"Despite these attacks, the Rapid Support Forces managed to evacuate the ambassador and his delegation to a safe place," the note noted.

For its part, the Sudanese Army stated in a statement that it was the FAR who "fired on the car of the Turkish ambassador and stopped him," and noted that the ambassador is present and can "explain what happened."

Fighting between two rival generals, army chief Abdel Fattah Al Burhan and Rapid Support Forces (FAR) commander Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, broke out on April 15, leaving more than 550 dead and thousands injured so far.

A disagreement between the two sides over the integration of the RSF into the armed forces, a key condition of Sudan's transitional deal with political groups, had been brewing in recent months.

Sudan has been without a functioning government since autumn 2021 when the army ousted the transitional government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and declared a state of emergency in a move denounced by political forces as a "coup".

The transition period, which began in August 2019 after the removal of President Omar Al Bashir, was scheduled to end with elections in early 2024.

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