Sudan thwarts attempted coup, situation under control: army

21 September 2021, 12:56 PM
Sudanese authorities have foiled an attempted coup, the army said on Tuesday, warding off a challenge to a civilian-military council that has run the country since Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in 2019.
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