Sudanese authorities arrest 9 Al-Qaeda militants who planned attacks against Gulf countries

Staff Writer

Authorities in Khartoum arrested nine Al-Qaeda militants, who had entered Sudan to participate in attacks targeting Gulf countries.

Anti-Extremism Prosecutor Ahmed Suleiman Al-Awad said investigations were carried out by the police in coordination with the General Intelligence Service.

The members are accused in their countries of committing and participating in extremist crimes, Al-Awad told TV news channel Al-Arabiya. He added that some entered Sudan illegally to take part in operations targeting Gulf countries.

Some names of those arrested are published on the list of the United Nations Security Council, Al-Awad said. He added that among those are Syrian passport holders of Tunisian and Chadian origin.

One of the Al-Qaeda members is also accused of planning an attack against tourists in Tunisia’s city of Sousse, and is wanted by the country, Al-Awad said.

Former President Omar Al-Bashir’s regime has, over the past years, harbored a number of extremist commanders, who established training camps in the country.

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