Sudan’s security forces announced on Tuesday the abortion of an attempt to smuggle 64 foreigners across North Darfur State to Libya, Sudan’s Ashorooq Net reported.
The arrested 64 foreigners included Ethiopians, Somalis, Eritreans and Yemenis, with six children among them, Mohamed Braima Hassab el-Nabi, deputy governor of North Darfur State, was quoted as saying.
Primary investigation indicated that they were planning to head to Europe from Libya, he added.
Those who were refugees in Khartoum would return to their camps, while those who entered illegally would be handed to the interior ministry, he said.
He praised the role of the Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, who are roaming the desert to secure the border and arrest human traffickers, and reiterated the country’s determination in combating terrorism and human trafficking.
Sudan is considered one of the thoroughfares for human trafficking and illegal immigration, as the country has witnessed an increase in such activities.
European countries had previously vowed to support Sudan in this issue after Khartoum asked for logistical air and maritime support to pursue the multinational human smugglers. Enditem