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Sudan Seizes Explosives ‘Large Enough’ To Blow Up Khartoum

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Sudan Seizes Explosives 'Large Enough' To Blow Up Khartoum

Sudan says it has seized a massive amount of explosives large enough to blow up the entire capital Khartoum.  Authorities also said on Wednesday 41 persons have been arrested in connection to the explosives.

The materials included ammonium nitrate, the same chemical that caused a deadly explosion in Lebanon early august.

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Public prosecutor Tagelsir al-Hebr said in a press conference, his office had opened an investigation. He confirmed the individuals were arrested in possession of explosives.

Spokesman for the paramilitary rapid support forces, Jamal Jumaa said intelligence gathered since last month on “the movements of terrorist groups” led to the arrests.

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Sudan is led by a transitional government, which took power months after the April 2019 ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir.

The new government is working to lift decades of U.S sanctions imposed on the country and internal conflict under former leader-Bashir’s rule.

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Sudan has been on America’s blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism since 1993, a designation that has kept away much-needed foreign investment and strangled Sudan’s economy.

Jumaa warned that the transfer of explosive materials to neighbouring countries could derail the process.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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