(Bloomberg) -- Sudan’s ruling military suspended talks on a power-sharing deal with opposition leaders for 72 hours, as nine people were injured in clashes with security forces at the capital’s main protest site.

The council’s leader, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the delay in a televised address, saying that a proper climate for dialogue had to be established and the army and security officers had been provoked. A doctors committee said demonstrators were wounded in an apparent bid to break up the barricades at a long-running sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

Earlier in the day, the two sides had seemed on track to agree on a three-year transition to democratic rule in the wake of long-time President Omar al-Bashir’s ouster. At least six people were reported killed when militiamen stormed the same site earlier this week.

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