This file photo of Salih Ghosh. AFP
The head of Sudan's feared National Intelligence and Security Service, Salih Ghosh, has resigned from his post, the country's new military rulers said on Saturday.
"The chief of the transitional military council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has accepted the resignation of... the chief of NISS," the transitional military council said.
Ghosh had overseen a sweeping crackdown led by NISS agents against protesters taking part in four months of mass demonstations that led up to the toppling of veteran president Omar Al Bashir in a palace coup by the army on Thursday.
Thousands of protesters, opposition activists and journalists were arrested.
Jubilation in Khartoum that Sudan's era of iron-fisted rule by Bashir was ending on Thursday quickly soured when protesters realised the old regime had no plans to go.
Her new-found fame pushed her to set up her own Twitter account in which she thanked everyone "from the bottom of my heart. The struggle for a democratic and prosperous Sudan continues."
Sudan state television said on Thursday that the armed forces would make an important announcement soon, sparking speculation that a coup attempt could be underway against President Omar Al-Bashir, who has led the country for 30 years.
Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum, where thousands of protesters waved flags and illuminated mobile phones in the darkness and drivers hooted car horns. People chanted: "The second has fallen!" a reference to Ibn Auf and Bashir, witnesses said.
Thousands have camped outside the military headquarters in central Khartoum since before Bashir was deposed, and have vowed not to leave the area until their demand has been met.
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