ISTANBUL – Some 70 young Sudanese nationals have joined the ranks of the Islamic State (ISIS) since the emergence of the jihadist group, Sudan’s interior ministry said on Monday.
The Sudanese jihadists, mostly students, have reportedly travelled to Syria and Libya over the past two years to join the terror group of ISIS.
This is the first time Khartoum reveals figures regarding the influx of ISIS recruits from Sudan to the war-torn countries of Syria and Libya.
“The total of those who have left the country to join the Daesh (ISIS) has reached 70 young men and women,” Sudan’s Interior Minister Ismat Abdul Rahman told a press conference.
The minister minimized the significance of the number, saying it was smaller than the numbers of recruits from other countries.
“My government, in coordination with the Turkish authorities, had been able to prevent several cases from joining ISIS,” he said, pointing out that security apparatus and education services were also running awareness campaigns to prevent young Sudanese from joining the terror group.
Abdul Rahman said there were now “new, more stringent regulations related to granting exit visas and it has become more difficult to obtain entry visas to those countries,” without further elaboration.
In June, 12 students from Khartoum’s University of Medical Sciences and Technology were recognized to have travelled to Turkey to join the group. Some held British, Canadian and U.S. passports, according to reports.
Also, some nine British students from the same university are understood to have headed from Khartoum to Turkey in order to join the jihadist group in Syria.
Reporting by: Egid Yousef
Source: ARA News
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