Wednesday, 31 July 2019 11:22

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) has condemned the killing of five schoolchildren at a rally as protest leaders called off planned talks with the generals and thousands of students took to the streets to denounce the latest bout of violence.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of TMC, told reporters that the killings in the North Kordofan city of El-Obeid are "unacceptable".

The killings came before planned talks between the TMC and protest leaders on the remaining aspects of installing civilian rule following the toppling of longtime ruler Omar Al Bashir in April. 

The two sides signed a power-sharing agreement on July 17, and were to sit down to discuss the powers of the proposed joint civilian-military ruling council and immunity for generals over previous deadly violence against protesters.

But negotiators for the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance, the umbrella group that represents protest and opposition groups,said talks would not take place because they were visiting El-Obeid.