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Sudanese extremist cell members planned to fight in Somalia


December 8, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Members of an extremist cell uncovered in East Sudan were planning to travel to Somalia and join ranks of Islamic insurgents there, Sudan Tribune has learned.

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FILE - Hardliner Islamic cleric Abdel-Hay Youssef speaks after a mass "standing prayer" organized by Islamic Groups to honour al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead in Pakistan, in Khartoum May 3, 2011 (Reuters)

The group who ran a training camp in the southeast region told police during investigations that they intended to launch "jihad" in Somalia.

A day after sources revealed to Sudan Tribune the incident, authorities announced that 25 Islamist extremists were detained following fierce clashes at Al-Dandar Wildlife Park in the central state of Sennar southeast of the capital Khartoum.

Sennar State governor, Ahmad Abbas, said at the time that only two were killed and four policemen were injured in the clashes but an account given by Sudan Tribune’s spoke of at least 13 killed on the extremists side.

The detainees could face charges of forming a terrorist group, opposing government by force and undermining the state in addition to possession of illegal firearms which carries the maximum sentence of the death penalty.

In a related issue the head of the Islamic Fiqh council Esam al-Bashir at Friday sermon prayer slammed the group’s ideology calling their beliefs "wrong" as it is violates Islamic rules to rebel against the legitimate ruler.

He pointed out that while the group members could be well intentioned with deep care for their religion he stressed that they are "lost" and lack proper guidance.

"They thought this would be their shortcut to heavens," al-Bashir said.

He called for a "intellectual security" initiative to prevent the propagation of radical views including terrorist cells as well as secular ideas.

There has been a significant increase in activities of Islamic extremist cells in Sudan over the years. In 2007, Sudanese authorities said that they have foiled a plot to blow up several Western embassies as well as UN building.

The year after that a an American USAID employee and his driver were killed in Khartoum by four men who belong to the Islamic militant group known as Ansar al-Tawhid which claimed responsibility for the killing.

In 2009 a Sudanese court ordered all of them hanged to death after finding them guilty of murdering the two men. But the convicts managed to escape later from the maximum security facility they were held in raising many questions about whether they received insider help.

Last year the family of one of the escapees said he was killed in Somalia without giving details.

Last month security sources in Mali said that foreign jihadists from countries such as Algeria and Sudan have arrived in north of the country to support armed Islamist groups who are imposing an increasingly brutal version of Shar’ia law in the vast northern areas under their control.

Sudan has welcomed Bin Laden in the 1990’s but expelled him in 1996 under intense US pressure. Since 2001 the Sudanese intelligence cooperated with the US law enforcement agencies to track down suspected terrorists in East Africa.

The US added Sudan to its state terror list in 1993, accusing Khartoum of harboring local and international militants but as a result of counter terrorism cooperation promised to de-list it pending political settlement to civil conflicts in the country.


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  • 9 December 2012 08:54, by Diu J.Kuek

    TERRORISTS not getting tired from their stupid holy war on murders if your men enough why you don,t go to fight a long side with brothers TERRORISTS Hamas in Gaza

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    • 9 December 2012 09:42, by Kurnyel

      SPLM/A is the number one terrorist organisation in Africa.

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    • 9 December 2012 10:03, by Dinkawarrior

      This is a false statement, they’re planning to come to South Sudan. If you’re really crazy then try it and you will see what will happened to all Muslims in the South, those including Somalia and Black Muslims who refusing to go back to Khartoum.

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      • 9 December 2012 10:21, by Nyakuzuny

        hahaahaaa Dinkawarrior let them come , we are ready to fight with fucking islamic Arabs , we will start from Juba untill Khartuom .those of uselles Somolias they will going were in Juba?

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        • 9 December 2012 11:23, by Northern Sudanese

          go feed yourself first before dreaming about entering sudanese territory again! who will go and fight for salve shiit? soldiers haven’t been paid salaries for month and people are starving to death due to lack of food and crop season has failed in lakes state due to lack of rain.

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          • 9 December 2012 16:29, by Nyakuzuny

            Haahaaa Northern Sudan we are riches peoples our Land is very Riches not only in Sudan as whole in the world . we are the people of God , you are devils. in our land very thing is present is not the same like poorest Arabs Lands.there is Rainning alway , our land have green plans.all resources is present.

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            • 9 December 2012 17:14, by Northern Sudanese

              North Sudanese land is not like other arab lands. Sudanese land is faaar wider than south sudanese and is faaaar richer, in sudan arable land is counted in ’’millions of hectares’’ while in south sudan they are ’’100’s of thousands of arable land’’. don’t fool yourself, depending on rain is something negative and the biggest example is lakes state crop failure go check it out

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      • 9 December 2012 11:21, by Northern Sudanese

        what makes you think that south sudan is even worth a soul of a terrorist? south sudan is empty, other than oil it got nothing. no money, no food , no hospitals , no roads , no electricity ect.... and its people are the ugliest in the world, damn they are like dark monkies! a cattle is worth more than a human over there.....

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        • 9 December 2012 17:24, by sudan african

          Northern Sudanese, lack of all those things you mentioned are the failure of your pusy NCP government. At least they have some paved roads, Hospitals, Electric and etc right now. if I hear the word Arabs I immediately see ignorance people. I wish God would not be mad then Israel would have just finish the whole people of Sudan.

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          • 10 December 2012 08:04, by Northern Sudanese

            sudan african
            lies and praying for Israel has become your hobby now loool

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  • 9 December 2012 10:12, by South South

    They can not go to Gaza to join Hamas because Almighty Israel knows how to kill these sub-humans. They are logking for the weak places so that they can live longer, I thought they want to die soon to enjoy 72 wives in heaven, but they are brave enoughe, cowards

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    • 9 December 2012 10:59, by Ruach

      The top 5 terrorist States
      1.Sudan 2 Somalia 3 Afganstan 4 Iraq 5 Iran + Gaza Terrorists

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      • 9 December 2012 11:27, by Northern Sudanese

        cute.....but not impressing :D. at least all these countries got food, electricity , hospitals , education ect....... so your not better than them in anything so keep away from them, they know that a human is worth more than a cattle/cow and they don’t kill their brothers for a cattle unlike you dark monkies down there

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      • 9 December 2012 11:39, by Dinkawarrior

        Yes, they’re Terrorists. And that was the reason why the United States President George W. Bush called them the axis of evil! They have so many Terrorist Organizations those including Sudan’s Mujahideen, Egypt’s Muslimbrotherhood, Palestine’s Hamas, lebanon’s Hezbollah, Irag’s Islamic State, Somalia’s Islamic-Court, Iranian’s Revolutionary Guards, and Arab-World’s Al-Qaeda. Shame on Arab’s sisters

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        • 9 December 2012 17:18, by Northern Sudanese

          dude, grow up! who cares about Bush anyway? don’t you have a pride to defend? so every single letter that americans say, you just follow them??? are you still enslaved or what?

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    • 9 December 2012 11:30, by Northern Sudanese

      South monkey
      come on dude, now you speaking about wives and almighty Israel? forgetting what they did to yo mama in Tel aviv? lol, you better not know because your useless tears won’t stop.
      Israel is too far away for us, Iran Egypt and those other countries will fix the problem so don’t worry, you just worry about feeding and educating at least half your people lol!!

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      • 9 December 2012 11:49, by South South

        Northern sudanese,
        Almighty Israel is coming after you penguin, watch up !!!! Egypt and Iran are very helpless. Egypt needs food to feed 100 million people. Iran is conrnered by our friend USA. Wake up penguin called Northern Sudanese. Can you believe Sudanese want to go and fight in Somalia ? Why did they give up big oil in South Sudan if they are really good fighters ? Come On, penguin.

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        • 9 December 2012 17:26, by Northern Sudanese

          South monkey
          what has south sudan oil got to do with somalia? it seems you so confused that you start chatting shit! we got your oil anyway thanks to our pipes! i can see you continue to call us penguins, don’t you dark red eyed monkies got something else to care about?

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        • 9 December 2012 17:29, by Northern Sudanese

          South South
          we sudanese generally don’t really care about somalia , if a few sudanese want to go and fight there then they are free to go!
          come on dude, its not just egypt and iran. its also turkey, pakistan , the gulf. imagine what happens if usa gets no more oil from the gulf. all islamic countries will fix the problem soon, now go find food for your family lol

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      • 9 December 2012 12:58, by mohamed mahgoub

        Lol actually Israelis r very much closer than S Sudan,the last strike on alyarmook complex stands for that ,nobody even knew what was it! Like was it carried out by fighter jets or long range M. due to lack of effective air defence system

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        • 9 December 2012 17:32, by Northern Sudanese

          mohamed mahgoub
          you just proof to us again that your not sudanese, why is your south sudanese identity so bad? lol
          the strike was carried out by 4 planes, don’t worry we will retaliate sooner or later!
          why do you care about us so much anyway? don’t you have half a country to feed and educate?loool

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          • 9 December 2012 23:33, by mohamed mahgoub

            U know what if u can prove that u r realy sudanese - northerner- as u use the name not ajihadist from Iran or hamas living in khartoum as many do,then I will tell u who I am,as I told u be4 that not important to solve tons of problems we have here in this country called Sudan lol ,u been tried hard to give me s s identity so u can call me monkey or insect or I can’t feed half my pple ..etc...lol

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            • 10 December 2012 08:11, by Northern Sudanese

              mohamed mahgoub
              blah blah blah, you are nothing but a south sudanese insect pretending to be north sudanese to make us look like fools! these tricks don’t work here any longer, you are a south sudanese but ashamed of your original identity
              if you are a northerner then reply to this: inta ginuwbi kalb!

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