At least seven people are reported to have died and some 140 have been hurt after soldiers fired on crowds opposing a military takeover in Sudan.

Protestors took to the streets after the armed forces dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and called a state of emergency yesterday.

Troops are reported to have been going house to house in the capital Khartoum arresting local protest organizers.

The coup has been condemned around the world, and the US halted a 700 million US dollars in aid.

The leader of the coup, Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, blamed political infighting for the military action.

Civilian leaders and their military counterparts have been at odds since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago. END

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