Al-Jazeera says Sudan releases bureau chief

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – Qatar-based satellite information network Al-Jazeera said Sudanese authorities released its chief of staff on Tuesday, two days after his arrest in the African country.

Security forces arrested El Musalmi El Kabbashi on Sunday, following a raid on his home in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. It came a day after thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Sudan to rally against last month’s military coup.

Al-Jazeera did not give further details on the circumstances of El Kabbashi’s release in its statement on Twitter. Sudanese authorities have not commented on the journalist’s detention.

The October 25 military takeover shaken a fragile planned transition to democratic rule in Sudan, more than two years after a popular uprising forced the overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his government Islamist.

The coup drew international criticism and massive protests on the streets of Khartoum and elsewhere in the country. At least 23 protesters have been killed so far, and hundreds more have been injured due to excessive force used by the country’s security forces, Sudanese doctors and the UN say.

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