Twelve foreign students have reportedly traveled from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to Turkey in a bid to join the Takfiri ISIL terrorists in Syria, their university dean says.
Dr Ahmed Babikir said on Sunday that the students of Khartoum’s private University of Medical Sciences and Technology included British, Canadian, Sudanese and US citizens.
He added the students were in their final year of medical school before being reported missing by their families on Friday.
“We confirmed reports from multiple parties that 12 medical students at the university left for Turkey on Friday,” AFP quoted Babikir as saying.
He noted that another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the private institution, who traveled to Turkey in March, is believed to have crossed into Syria to join the Takfiri militants.
“Logic says that they traveled to join the Daesh organization,” he added, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL. He said seven of the missing students are British, two are Canadian, one is American and two others are Sudanese nationals.
Babikir also stated that three of the 12 medical students that disappeared were women but refused to identify any of them.
Meanwhile, authorities at Khartoum Airport confirmed the group had traveled to Turkey while their families stated that they had not seen them since Friday and could not locate their passports, according to Babikir.
“These students were recruited to the Islamic State organization by some individuals inside the university through conversations they had with them,” said a source at the private university.
Despite repeated incidents of foreign nationals being recruited and travelling to Syria mostly through Turkey, there has been little effort to halt the steady flow of radicalized militants to Syria to join the notorious ISIL terrorist group.
This is while Western countries, which have been actively supporting the foreign-backed efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, often claim to have enforced new measures to stop the flow of their citizens to Syria through Turkey to join the war in Syria.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis fueled by Takfiri groups since March 2011. The conflict has reportedly claimed more than 222,000 lives since then.