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Sudan accuse Darfur rebels of using drug trade to finance activities

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August 23, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government today seized three tonnes of a drug shipment in Khartoum and accused Darfur rebels of using narcotics to finance military activities.

Afghan policemen keep watch behind a pile of burning narcotics in Kabul June 25, 2008 (Reuters)

The daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published in London quoted the Sudanese police chief General Mohamed Nageeb as saying that Darfur rebels harbor drug dealers for money.

Nageeb said the police will step up their efforts to combat drug trade.

“We will be on watch to anyone who targets the minds of our youngsters” he said,

The shipment of marijuana is worth $2 million and is the second one in less than a week according to the newspaper. Another one was confiscated in West Omdurman.

The head of the narcotics division in Sudan police Major General Hamid Mannan said that the shipment represents 10% of the drug quantity expected to be sneaked into the Sudanese capital.

Mannan said that the drug dealers were monitored by the police for over two months and that they were storing marijuana batches underground.

He further said that his division uses planes to obliterate drug farms in certain areas in Southern and Western Sudan described as “unreachable” through normal transport routes.

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  • 24 August 2008 13:25, by Samson Masiya

    The people in Darfur must have learned a great lesson from this war, the Khartoum government that they accused SPLA to, is now wiping them out they said they are not part of south Sudan, they are muslims and to the side of Bashir, now Bashir is with them. Just to mind you that SPLA are the winners of all this.

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