July 13, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has accused unnamed bodies of seeking to drag Sudan into terrorism circles by recruiting the students to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
NCP political relations official, Hamid Mumtaz, described ISIS as an “abnormal phenomenon”, saying it would affect international peace and stability.
He pointed to the negative impact of ISIS on Sudan, accusing unnamed bodies of seeking to drag the country into terrorism.
The NCP official also mentioned that several college students run off to join the terrorist group, announcing that measures would be taken to protect the Sudanese youths and students.
“We wouldn’t allow Sudan’s name be put on the state sponsors of terrorism list,” he added.
Sudan is on the US list of countries supporting terrorism since 1993 and also subjected to economic sanctions since 1997.
ISIS presence in Sudan has made the headlines last March after British media outlets confirmed that nine medical students from Sudanese origins entered Syria via Turkey to work in hospitals under the control of ISIS.
Also, twelve college students secretly left the country for Turkey last month to join ISIS among them was the daughter of the foreign ministry spokesperson, Ali al-Sadiq.
Last month, Sudan’s minister of Higher Education Sumaya Abu-Kushawa accused unnamed circles of actively recruiting students to join ISIS.
At the time, Sudanese second vice-president Hassabo Abdel-Rahman blamed internal and external parties as well as international intelligence agencies for the phenomenon of extremism in the Arab and African communities.
Also, earlier this month sources told Sudan Tribune that an ISIS cell comprised of three Middle Eastern men and an Eritrean were arrested by the Sudanese authorities in the coastal city of Port Sudan on 10 June.
ISIS announced that one of its Sudanese fighters nicknamed Abu al-Fida al-Sudani was killed in their stronghold of al-Riqa.