The Head of a Sudanese investigation into the violent break up of a protest by security forces has said that eighty seven people were killed and over one hundred and sixty wounded in Khartoum, citing a higher death toll than previous official estimates.

The Head of the committee, Fatha al-Rahman Saeed appointed by the Public Prosecutor said some members of the security forces fired live ammunition at protesters who were holding a sit-in to demand the military cede power.

He told a news conference that three officers had violated orders by moving forces into the sit-in area outside the Defence Ministry, a focal point for protests that had led to the ouster of long-time President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.

Some outlaws exploited this gathering and formed another gathering in what is known as the Columbia area, where negative and illegal practices took place.

Saeed said seventeen of those killed were in the square occupied by protesters in the worst bout of violence since Bashir was toppled, adding that forty eight of the wounded were hit by bullets.