Sudan Gedaref Security Authorities Halt Ethiopian Mercenary Snipers Fighting for Rapid Support Forces

Gedaref, June 20, 2024 – Authorities in Gedaref, Sudan, have made a significant breakthrough by intercepting Ethiopian mercenaries who were operating as snipers within the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The discovery sheds light on ongoing regional tensions and the involvement of foreign fighters in local conflicts.

The Joint Security Room in Gedaref State announced the arrest of six Ethiopian nationals, all females, who were reportedly tasked with sniper operations by the RSF. Sources indicate that these mercenaries had been deployed for over a year, brought into Sudan under strategic military agreements due to their expertise in sniping.

Sources familiar with Sudan Turbion revealed Thursday that Ethiopian girls have been working with the Rapid Support Forces for more than a year, and were brought in from Ethiopia according to strategic military agreements due to their experience in the field of sniping.

The detained mercenaries were found with incriminating evidence on their mobile phones, including photographs of military operations and weaponry used in attacks against Sudanese military leaders and security services. After their capture, the mercenaries were allegedly being smuggled back to Ethiopia through the Amhara region, with arrangements made to ensure they received their wages there.

Recent reports have surfaced indicating that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a group active in Ethiopia, may have connections to these mercenaries operating in Sudan. The involvement of the TPLF in Sudan is particularly worrying as it represents a potential escalation in what is already a highly volatile region. Sudan itself has been in a state of turmoil following a military coup in 2021, which saw the overthrow of the transitional government. The conflict between General Al-Burhan’s army and the RSF has only intensified the instability.

This development underscores concerns about the presence of foreign fighters in Sudan’s internal conflicts and raises questions about the extent of external involvement in the country’s security affairs. Sudanese authorities continue to investigate the matter, aiming to uncover additional details about the mercenaries’ activities and their connections to broader regional dynamics.

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