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    The death toll during the dispersal of the sit-in protest near Khartoum's army headquarters has risen to 60 people, Reuters reported, citing the opposition Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD).

    Protesters have been rallying outside army headquarters in Khartoum since 6 April to force the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which has been ruling Sudan since its long-time leader Omar Bashir was deposed in April, to hand over power to a civilian body. The military moved in to break up the sit-in on Monday. The previous CCSD reports indicated that the number of those killed in the military crackdown exceeded 35.

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    According to the committee, the exact death toll is unclear as the military has reportedly encircled the hospitals where protesters are being treated.

    The committee also claimed earlier, citing doctors and protesters, that many of the bodies of those killed had allegedly been taken by the militia and thrown into the Nile.

    The TMC maintains that the security force's operation was not aimed at peaceful protesters but rather was targeting criminals who infiltrated the ranks of demonstrators.

    On Monday, Sudan's acting prosecutor general, Al-Walid Sayed Ahmed, ordered that a special committee be set up to promptly investigate the circumstances surrounding the deadly clashes between the army and the protesters.

    Sudan experienced a military coup on 11 April following months of mass demonstrations. Then President Omar Bashir was subsequently overthrown and detained after almost 30 years in power. The military then took over and pledged to organize a new presidential election within two years. Protesters have since remained in the streets, demanding that the military yield power to a civilian authority.

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