KHARTOUM, 25 OCT – “Civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of transitional government ministers, including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, have been arrested by joint military forces” in Sudan. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Information in a note on Facebook specifying that the arrested were taken to an unspecified place. The internet has been shut down across the country and major roads and bridges to the capital, Khartoum, have been closed, the information ministry said. Dozens of protesters set car tires on fire during rallies held on the streets of the capital to protest the arrests. While the pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera reports the “interruption of the transmissions of some Sudanese radio stations including the official FM radio”. On Twitter, the American envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, said the United States is “deeply alarmed” by the announcements of the arrests of civilian leaders. These announcements of a military takeover go “against the constitutional declaration (which regulates the transition in the country) and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people,” Feltman argued. (HANDLE).