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70 Sudanese joined IS: Interior Minister

October 13 - 2015 KHARTOUM
The four students who reportedly left Khartoum on 30 August 2015 to join the ranks of the Islamic State (El Sudani newspaper)
The four students who reportedly left Khartoum on 30 August 2015 to join the ranks of the Islamic State (El Sudani newspaper)

The number of Sudanese who have left the country and joined the extremist Islamic State (IS) has amounted to 68 people, including students, according to the Ministry of Interior on Monday. Two persons who joined the extremists have returned to Sudan.

The Minister of Interior, Esmat Abdelrahman, said that the participation of Sudanese in the IS, that operates in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, forms a source of concern for their families. But it cannot be compared with developments in other countries, the Minister claimed while speaking at a cabinet session.

He went on to assure citizens that his Ministry has taken measures to limit the expansion of the extremist group in the country, one of them being “active among students” in order to curb the possible activities of people who attract students to the IS. Abdelrahman explained that the Ministry coordinates with the Turkish government by denying Sudanese citizens coming from Sudan a visa to enter Turkey, except in accordance to strict procedures.

The fourth group of young Sudanese that left the country to join the ranks of the IS was reported by a Sudanese newspaper on 9 September. The group consisted of seven Sudanese women. Sudanese medical students preceded them in August, June, and March. One of the medical students who left Khartoum to join the fighters of the IS in Syria in March, blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Raqqa on 19 July.

The group in June included the daughter of the spokesman for the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ali El Sadig.


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