Safety forces arrested ’11 overseas terrorists from totally different nationalities’ in Khartoum raid, the intelligence companies says.
Sudan’s intelligence companies has mentioned 5 counterterrorism officers have been killed throughout a raid within the capital focusing on a cell linked to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.
“Two officers and three non-commissioned officers” had been killed throughout Tuesday’s operation in Khartoum, the company mentioned in an announcement.
Safety forces arrested “11 overseas terrorists from totally different nationalities” within the raid, whereas “4 overseas terrorists managed to flee”, the assertion added.
“They’re being hunted right down to be arrested,” it mentioned.
A two-storey home in Khartoum’s Jabra neighbourhood was surrounded by a cordon of safety forces, who requested crowds to maneuver away in case explosives had been left behind, the AFP information company reported.
Neighbours instructed AFP they heard an change of gunfire and noticed the wounded being transported away in vehicles.
No different data was instantly obtainable.
In 2019, the US Division of State had warned of the danger of ISIL in Sudan.
“Regardless of the absence of high-profile terrorist assaults, ISIS facilitation networks look like energetic inside Sudan,” it mentioned in its 2019 nation report on terrorism.
Sudanese officers had “acknowledged that there have been ‘extremists’ linked to ISIS within the nation”, the report added.
To the north of Sudan lies Egypt, which for years has been battling an armed marketing campaign within the Sinai Peninsula led primarily by the native department of ISIL.
One other group of ISIL fighters is energetic in Yemen, throughout the Pink Sea from Sudan.
Tuesday’s incident got here after Sudan’s authorities mentioned it thwarted a coup try final week involving army officers and civilians linked to the federal government of longtime President Omar al-Bashir. Al-Bashir was eliminated by the army in 2019 within the wake of months of protests in opposition to his three-decade rule.