The United States has evacuated its officials from Sudan as the country grapples with a political and security crisis following the military’s takeover of government and arrest of President Omar Al Bashir.
The U.S. Mission in Khartoum says the State Department on Thursday “ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees.”
United States also issued a travel alert, telling her citizens: “Do not travel to Sudan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.”
Bashir was toppled by the armed forces in response to sustained political protests in the country calling for an end to his 30-year rule.
The Vice President and Minister of Defence Lt. General Awad Ibn Auf appeared on state television where he announced the suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the National Assembly, the formation of a military-led transitional government which will rule for two years, and the arrest of President Omar Al Bashir, as well as the imposition of a state of emergency for three months.
But the protesters said they would not quit the streets until a transitional council led by civilians is put in place.
The U.S. said terrorist groups continue to pose a threat in Sudan.
“Terrorist groups in Sudan may harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and kidnappings. They may attack with little or no warning, targeting foreign and local government facilities, and areas frequented by Westerners,” reads the travel alert seen by ChimpReports on Friday.
Washington further warned its citizens about the existence of “a national state of emergency across Sudan, which gives security forces greater arrest and incarceration powers. Security forces have enhanced authority to detain and arrest anybody they deem to be undermining public order, including protestors or those suspected of supporting the protests.”
Detentions, including of foreigners, have been reported across the country. Curfews and checkpoints on roads may be imposed with little or no warning. The Sudanese government does not recognize dual citizenship. The U.S. says Sudan is likely to consider U.S.-Sudanese dual citizens as Sudanese citizens only.