Altaghyeer: Khartoum

A reliable source told Altaghyeer that Safa Omer Zienalabdeen, a medical student at Alazhari University who disappeared 4 days ago, has joined Islamic State (Daesh).

Safa departed her family’s home at Abu Adam last Thursday morning heading to Alazhari University in Khartoum North as she was sitting for her final exams, but she didn’t make it to the university, missing the exam, and her cellphone was switched off. Her family embarked on a search for her and some relatives posted messages on social media platforms asking all Sudanese people to look out for her while her photos remained in display in the last few days.

The source also said that police arrested a number of Daesh’s affiliates by searching through phone calls made to Safa’s phone before it was turned off, and university students were among the apprehended.

Police assured the girl’s family that she is still in the country and they are making every effort to bring her back, according to the source.

Altaghyeer couldn’t reach her family, but her uncle Ali Zienalabdeen posted a message on his Facebook page Sunday morning urging all Sudanese to continue searching for her.

Daesh is actively involved in recruiting youths in Sudan, and the largest number of recruits was from University of medical and technology sciences, which is owned by Islamic leader and minister of health at Khartoum State Mamoun Humieda.

Recruitment was carried out by a cultural organization that calls itself “Islamic Civilization”, whom the preacher Mohamed Ali Algizoli is reportedly behind.

This organization is the only one allowed to freely work among foreign passport holders at the university.

Observers accuse security agents and religious leaders affiliated with ruling party in Sudan of having covert links with Daesh which enabled the travelling of recruits.

Among those joining Daesh is the daughter of the former spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs Ali Alsadig, who was sent to Syria via Turkey in 2015, but was secretly deported back to Sudan in the last few weeks.