Sudanese authorities revealed, this Wednesday, the end of a large net that spread over almost a month. A total of 41 people were arrested in possession of TNT, detonators or ammonium nitrate, the product behind the terrible explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, in early August. For investigators, the destination of this weaponry is still unclear, reports RFI.
The security forces pose in front of the cameras in front of a table where cables, packages, electronic devices are spread out. During 12 operations, the Rapid Support Forces arrested 41 people, seized more than 3,500 detonators, 850 blocks of TNT and four bags of ammonium nitrate.
According to prosecutor Taj al-Sir Ali al-Haber, the quantities recovered are sufficient to detonate Khartoum. The authorities denounced this smuggling which, according to them, threatens national security and enriches criminals with, for example, detonators bought for 50 dollars and resold five times the price on the black market.
Illegal trade or terrorist trail?
As for the use of these explosives, the FSR put forward two hypotheses, without providing any tangible proof. First, an illegal trade aimed at the mining sector and in particular that of gold.
Then, the politico-terrorist track. For Jamal Jumaa, the spokesperson for the FSR, the explosives are the same ones used in the attack which targeted the Prime Minister’s convoy in Khartoum in March.
The brigadier general said he feared attempts to sabotage the transition. The officer also called for better control of the circulation of arms within the security forces.
Finally, this seizure comes as the United States considers removing Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, which would bring great relief to the country’s economy. However, for Jamal Jumaa, the explosives trade with abroad could derail this process and keep Khartoum on the list.