Sudan: Fact-finding committee on student protests in El-Obeid

Governor of North Kordofan state General Al-Sadiq al-Tayeb Abdallah has issued a decision to form a fact-finding committee on the latest incidents and student protests in Sudan's central city of El-Obeid.

At least five people, including three high school students and two citizens, were killed and several others injured at a demonstration in the capital of the North Kordofan state on Monday.

According to the governor's decision, the committee will investigate into the reasons and factors that led the students to take to the streets and identify those who fired on the demonstrators as well as calculating the losses in lives and the damage caused to public and private properties.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which spearheaded months of protests leading to the military overthrow and detention of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, posted a video showing hundreds of students protesting in El-Obeid as gunshots echo in the background.

In an interview on the state television on Tuesday, Head of Sudan's Military Transitional Council Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan denounced the killing of the school children, describing what happened in El-Obeid as a regrettable crime that requires immediate and deterrent accountability.

Source: International Islamic News Agency