WORLD Sudan's security forces arrest protest leaders who met Ethiopia PM

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Sudan's security forces arrest protest leaders who met Ethiopia PM

AFP

19:55, June 08, 2019

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) meets Sudan"s Head of Transitional Military Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan Abdelrahman at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, June 7, 2019. /Reuters Photo

Sudanese security forces have arrested two prominent rebels and an opposition leader, a day after they met Ethiopia"s prime minister during his reconciliation mission to Khartoum, their aides said Saturday.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met representatives of both sides on Friday in a bid to revive talks between Sudan"s ruling generals and protest leaders after a deadly crackdown left dozens of people dead in the capital this week.

Among the protest movement delegates he met were opposition politician Mohamed Esmat and a leader of the rebel Sudan People"s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Ismail Jalab.

Sudanese protesters use burning tires to erect a barricade on a street, demanding the country"s Transitional Military Council to hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan, June 3, 2019. /Reuters Photo

Sudanese security forces later arrested both men without giving any reason, their aides told AFP on Saturday.

Esmat was arrested on Friday soon after his meeting with Abiy. Jalab was arrested at his residence early on Saturday.

"A group of armed men came in vehicles at 3:00 a.m. (1:00 GMT) and took away Ismail Jalab... without giving any reason," Jalab aide Rashid Anwar told AFP, adding that SPLM-N spokesman Mubarak Ardol was also detained.

"We don"t know where they are being held," he added.

Esmat and Jalab are both leading members of the Alliance for Freedom and Change, which brings together opposition parties and rebel groups with the organizers of the mass protests which have gripped Sudan since December last year.

The rebel number two had only returned to Khartoum from exile late last month.

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