KHARTOUM: Sudan's new prime minister has formed a committee to probe an armed June crackdown on a weeks-long protest camp in Khartoum that killed and wounded hundreds of demonstrators, state media reported.
Shortly before dawn on Jun 3, gunmen in military fatigues raided the sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital, shooting and beating protesters in an operation that shocked international observers.
At least 127 demonstrators were killed and hundreds more wounded, according to doctors linked to the protest movement. Officials have given a lower death toll.
Despite military authorities carrying out an earlier investigation, the umbrella protest movement Forces of Freedom and Change had consistently demanded an independent probe into the crackdown.
Late on Saturday, the official SUNA news agency reported that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had launched an "independent probe" into the crackdown.
It said Hamdok had formed a seven-member investigating team including representatives from the ministries of justice, interior, defence as well as independent members.
The committee will present its report within three months, SUNA reported.
"This is an independent committee formed according to what was mentioned in the constitutional declaration," SUNA said, referring to a power-sharing agreement between protest leaders and the previous ruling military council that was signed in August.
The constitutional declaration was signed after nearly eight months of protests – initially against longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who fell in April, then against the military