Grenade blast kills five at Sudan wedding

A Sudanese police vehicle patrols a street in Khartoum. — File photo

KHARTOUM — A grenade detonated by a member of Sudan’s security forces at a wedding party in the capital Khartoum killed himself and four other people, police said late Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether the detonation in the impoverished east Khartoum district of Haj Youssef was accidental or deliberate.

The health ministry said 40 people attending the marriage were also injured.

The security situation in the capital remains fragile after last year’s uprising that led to the ouster of longtime ruler Omar Al-Bashir in April following months of protests against his rule.

Meanwhile, at least seven people were confirmed dead and 25 others injured after an explosion rocked Khartoum, sources were quoted by Al Arabiya English as saying.

Police sources said the explosion may be a result of an improvised explosive device. The incident took place in the Al-Shegla area of Khartoum.

Police forces have begun to inspect the site of the incident and said investigations into the cause and source of the explosion are pending, according to a statement. — Agencies