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Sudan security ‘in control of IS recruiters’

December 22 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Images of eight Sudanese medical students who left Khartoum to join IS in March this year (The Guardian)
Images of eight Sudanese medical students who left Khartoum to join IS in March this year (The Guardian)

The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is in control of “all Islamic State (IS) recruiting cells” in the country.

NISS Director Mohamed Atta El Moula said in an interview with El Sudani newspaper on Monday that his agency managed to is in control security officers are exerting “intensive efforts” to “curtail the spread of IS views, and prevent youth groups from joining the extremist organisation”.

“Those efforts include using our relations with Turkey and other nations as well as efforts within IS itself,” he explained.

The security head added that some young Sudanese who returned from IS in Syria are held in detention, with the knowledge of their families, until it “is ascertained that they will not return”.

He further reported that unnamed bodies have exerted pressure on the NISS to release the first group of detained IS recruiters. They have been released ‘in accordance with specific guarantees’.

In October,  the Ministry of Interior reported that the number of Sudanese who joined the extremist Islamic State (IS) this year reached 70. Two of them returned. In June, 

Groups of Sudanese medical students secretly left the country in March, JuneAugust, and September. The group in June included the daughter of the spokesman for the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ali El Sadig.


 


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