Sudan spy chief resigns after mutiny crushed

General Abu Bakr Mustafa handed over his resignation after clashes between agents of the General Intelligence Service and government forces killed five people including two soldiers.
Wednesday 15/01/2020
Members of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are seen near the area where gunmen opened fire outside buildings used by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum, January 14. (Reuters)
Members of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are seen near the area where gunmen opened fire outside buildings used by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum, January 14. (Reuters)

KHARTOUM – Sudan said Wednesday the country’s chief of intelligence had resigned after government forces and paramilitaries crushed a mutiny launched by members of his agency in the capital.

General Abu Bakr Mustafa handed over his resignation after clashes between agents of the General Intelligence Service, formerly known as the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), and government forces killed five people including two soldiers.

“He called us by telephone and we asked him to give a written resignation — which he did. We are now examining it,” the chairman of Sudan’s ruling transitional council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, told state television on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, heavy gunfire broke out at several Khartoum bases of the intelligence agency after some of its agents rejected a retirement plan proposed by the country’s new authorities.

NISS agents were at the forefront of a crackdown on protesters during a nationwide uprising that led to the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir last April.

Late on Tuesday, troops from the regular army and from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) crushed the rebellion after storming these bases amid heavy gunfire.

Burhan’s deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo — who else heads the RSF — has blamed the former chief of NISS, Salah Gosh, for the rebellion.

General Mustafa had been appointed as chief of the newly named General Intelligence Service after Gosh resigned in the wake of Bashir’s fall.

(AFP)

Timeline of main developments in Sudan's political upheaval and transition to civilian rule. (AFP)
Timeline of main developments in Sudan's political upheaval and transition to civilian rule. (AFP)