Sudan policeman dies after protesters stone vehicle

A Sudanese policeman died from his wounds after protesters threw stones at a police vehicle passing close to demonstrations in the capital Khartoum.

Confirming the incident was the police spokesman Hashem Ali who said the vehicle was passing the area by chance late on Thursday further adding that a number of suspects had been arrested.

“The vehicle was pelted with stones, and they were police returning from training and had no link to the dispersal of the unrest,” said police spokesman Hashem Ali.

The case brings the official death toll during protests that have spread since Dec. 19 across Sudan to 32, including three security personnel. An opposition-linked doctors’ syndicate said last week that 57 people had been killed in the protests.

The protests were triggered by a deepening economic crisis and have become the most sustained popular challenge to President Omar al-Bashir since he took power in a coup nearly 30 years ago.

The president and his ruling National Congress Party have shown no sign of bowing to demands to quit and have blamed the unrest on unnamed foreign agents.