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Sudan’s defence minister dies in South Sudan

Addis Ababa, March 25, 2020 (FBC) – Sudan’s Defence Minister Lt-Gen Jamal Omar has died of a heart attack in South Sudan, Reuters news agency reports, quoting a spokesman for the Sudanese army.

Gen Omar is reported to have been engaged in negotiations with armed movements in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

He became defence minister after long-time leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted last April following months of nationwide protests.

An official funeral will be held for the minister in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, the Anadolu news agency reports, quoting a statement from the Sovereign Council.

Source: BBC

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