The Guardian | Hemedti: the feared commander pulling the strings in Sudan

When armed men fired on protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum earlier this month, killing six and injuring dozens, witnesses were quick to blame the Rapid Support Forces, a feared paramilitary outfit.

The forces are commanded by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, who also serves as deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, which has been running Sudan since Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army after months of protests on 11 April.

Though witnesses saw troops in RSF-marked vehicles opening fire as they cleared barricades, Hemedti said those responsible for the violence had been found inside Khartoum University and the protesters’ encampment.

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