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Sudanese Security Forces Have Attempted to Disperse Protesters in Khartoum

At least 13 people have been reported killed after security forces opened fire at the protest camp.

Sudanese security forces have attempted to disperse the long-standing protest in the country's capital Monday by opening fire on protesters, Reuters reports.

At least 13 people have been reported killed with over 116 wounded in Khartoum—making this the worst violence since President Omar al-Bashir was pushed out of power in April.

Sudanese dissidents on the ground have utilized social media to share images and video footage of people fleeing and rushing to carry protesters who have been hit by gunfire.



Reports from witnesses say the sit-in that was positioned next to the Defense Ministry—a key location of the protests—has cleared, but protesters continue to take space elsewhere in Khartoum in response to backlash.

Despite the Sudanese Professionals Association calling the action a "massacre," the military council has denied trying to disperse the camp, saying security forces were targeting "unruly" groups. The association has called its fellow citizens to take part in "total civil disobedience" to topple the military council, AFP reports. The Alliance for Freedom and Change has called for "the end of all political contact and negotiations with the putschist Council" following the incident, as Egypt has appealed for the two sides to continue to negotiate.

Irfan Siddiq, Britain's ambassador to Khartoum, condemned the attack, calling it "an outrageous step."

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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