Demonstrators held weeks in front of the army command in Khartoum to demand the departure of President Omar al-Bashir, and later to press the Military Council to hand over power to a civilian government.
But on June 3, days after talks broke out between protest leaders and the army, gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the sit-in camp in a process that the Doctors' Committee said had left 120 dead. But the Ministry of Health considered that the toll on that day amounted to 61 dead only.
"The Military Council is the one who took the decision to end the sit-in and set the plan for that, but some mistakes and deviations occurred," lieutenant-general Shamseddine Kabbashi told reporters.
"More than a coup has been planned," he said, adding that "officers from two different groups are now under arrest."
Kabbashi's comments came after protesters agreed to end their civil disobedience on Tuesday evening and agreed to hold new talks with the Military Council following mediation led by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abe Ahmed.