Sudan says it foiled a military coup, arrested several army officers and civilians involved

Sudanese authorities say they have foiled a military coup and that several military officers and civilians involved in the scheme have been arrested.

The state-run Omdurman radio says the "subversive plot" aimed to destabilize Sudan. The radio says it was uncovered and aborted early on Thursday.

There were no further details. The term "subversive plot" is frequently used by Sudan to refer to a military coup.

Last summer, Sudan crushed pro-democracy protests inspired by Arab Spring uprisings. Hundreds of protesters were arrested and detained for demanding the ouster of the 23-year-old regime of President Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur. His government is rapidly losing popularity at home for imposing painful economic austerity measures.