A young Sudanese member of the Islamic State (ISIS) blew himself up with a car bomb targeting foreign troops in Iraq, Sudan Tribune has learnt.
The family of the 18-years old, Ahmed Faisal, has set up a tent of mourning in the Nile City neighbourhood, locality of Karrari in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman last week to receive condolences on the death of their younger son.
It is noteworthy that Faisal travelled to Iraq two years ago and he was later joined by his older brother Amgad and his wife and son.
The two brothers are followers of the Jihadist preacher and supporter of the ISIS, Masa’ad al-Sidairah.
Al-Sidairah is considered one of the famous Jihadist figures in Sudan. He runs a religious school in Shambat suburb in Khartoum North where he teaches Hadith (a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Mohamed).
He was arrested several times along with a number of his disciples for allegedly recruiting young people to join the extremist group.
Al-Sidairah had openly pledged allegiance to ISIS’ leader and the self-proclaimed Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but he denies involvement in sending young people to Iraq and Syria to join the militant group.
Expert on Islamic groups Al-Hadi Mohamed al-Amin told Sudan Tribune Friday that Amgad and Ahmed were among the first group of young Sudanese who pledged allegiance to ISIS, saying they migrated to Iraq along with the entire members of their family in a rare move that has not been experienced in Sudan previously.
He pointed the move was part of three requirements to join the group including pledging allegiance to the Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by the whole family, migrating to what the group calls the “Caliphate land” and then fighting in the ranks of ISIS.
The flow of Sudanese youngsters- both males and females- to join ISIS has become a recurrent event this year with authorities in Khartoum seemingly unable to stop it.
ISIS infiltration into Sudan among the youths has become known 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.
Last October, the ministry of interior in Khartoum announced that about 70 Sudanese both males and females have went on to join the ISIS franchises both in Libya and Syria.
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