Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday morning and at least nine people were reported to have been killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.
Footage broadcast broadcast by al-Hadath and Jazeera television showed chaotic scenes of people fleeing through streets as sustained bursts of gunfire crackled in the air. People rushed to carry away those who had been hit, the footage showed.
The main protest group accused the ruling military council of trying to break up the camp, calling the action “a massacre”.
But the council said the security forces had targeted criminals in an adjacent area.
All operations and flights at Khartoum airport have been suspended after unrest erupted in the Sudanese capital, the UAE-based Sky News Arabia TV reported.
Eight people were reportedly killed earlier in the day when security forces moved to disperse a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum.
The Transitional Military Council (TMC), however, denied that it had used force to disperse the sit-in.
This follows the collapse of talks between the TMC and opposition groups on the establishment of an interim government.