KHARTOUM, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese police said the country did not witness any gatherings on Friday, except for limited illegal ones, official SUNA news agency reported Saturday.
"The country did not witness any gatherings on Friday, except for limited illegal gatherings in Khartoum and some other states that were dispersed according to the law," Hashim Abdel-Rahim, Sudanese police spokesman, was quoted as saying.
He explained that an uncontrolled group attacked private properties late Friday evening during illegal gatherings at Um Badda locality in Omdurman city, adding that the group exercised looting and burning of vehicles.
"Another group looted Al-Hikma Pharmacy on Al-Thawra road in Omdurman, where they assaulted and harmed one of the workers at the pharmacy," he said.
He added that the group has smashed the glass barriers of the pharmacy and stolen sums of money and medicines, noting that the authorities are searching for the defendants.
Since Dec. 19, various areas in Sudan, including Khartoum, have been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.
According to the government statistics, at least 29 people have been killed during the protests.