A group of soldiers has arrested Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and other members of the transitional government, the country's information ministry said Monday, amid reports of an attempted military coup.

Hamdok had refused to support a coup and an army unit had detained him and taken him to an undisclosed location, the ministry said.

Earlier, the ministry reported that Hamdok had been placed under house arrest and released a message from him urging the Sudanese people to take to the streets peacefully to "defend the revolution."

This is the only statement by the prime minister released since his arrest.

In addition to Hamdok, "civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of ministers from the transitional government have been detained by joint military forces. They have been led to an unidentified location," the ministry said.