Sudan’s toppled Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been taken back to his own home in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, military sources told Al Jazeera.
Coup leader and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had said earlier that he was keeping Hamdok at his residence “for his own safety”.
On Tuesday, in his first press conference since the takeover, al-Burhan defended the military’s seizure of power saying he had dissolved the government to avoid civil war. \
He said the army had no choice but to sideline politicians who were inciting against the armed forces.
Meanwhile, defiant anti-coup protesters have continued to barricade roads in Khartoum, returning to the streets for a second consecutive day despite the security forces’ use of violence the day before.
Al-Burhan announced on Monday a state of emergency across the country while dissolving the country’s transitional authorities. Hours earlier, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters began pouring onto the streets as news spread that soldiers had arrested several government officials, including Hamdok.
Sources at the Health Ministry told Al Jazeera that seven people were killed on Monday. The military also cut off access to the internet and closed some roads, bridges and the airport in Khartoum.
The coup drew widespread international condemnation and demands for the release of everyone detained.