By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Sudan’s Defense Minister has died of unspecified illness while on a mission in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Lieutenant General Jamal al-Din Omar died, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Juba, capital of South Sudan on a mission of peace talks with his country’s main rebel groups, the military announced.
Government delegation in Juba said Jamal died at 2:30 am local time after a sudden heart attack during a performance of a “sacred duty”.
Jamal became Defense Minister after the armed forces toppled veteran president Omar Bashir in a coup last year in April after a continuous and prolonged country protest.
Jamal had served as head of military intelligence for 2017 to 2019 before out-casting Bashir. The army spokesperson Amer Mohamed al-Hassan had suffered from chronic illnesses.
The head of Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which Jamal has been serving as a Defense Minister said he mourned the death of Omar( Jamal) who died while struggling for the stability of Sudan.
More than 300000 people have been killed while about 2.5 million people displaced due to the Darfur conflict as Bashir government unleashed Arab tribal militias in a scorched earth company against ethnic groups.