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Sudan brings home baby of ISIS fighters slain in Libya

The infant, born to Sudanese parents, was brought to Khartoum after the Libyan Red Crescent alerted Sudan’s NISS

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Sudanese security agents on Monday brought home a four-month-old baby girl whose parents were killed in Libya while fighting for ISIS, a security official said. The infant, born to Sudanese parents, was brought to Khartoum after the Libyan Red Crescent alerted Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

“The mother and father of the baby were IS fighters who were killed in Sirte during the fighting to liberate” the city from the group, the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) reported Brigadier Tijani Ibrahim of NISS as saying.

The baby’s mother had travelled to Libya in August 2015 along with four other Sudanese girls, the media outlet close to NISS reported Ibrahim as saying. “There they joined ISIS and also married Sudanese men who were members of ISIS,” he said.

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The baby’s grandfather said the child was brought to Sudan from the Libyan city of Misrata. Libyan authorities who found the baby handed her over to the Libyan Red Crescent, who then contacted NISS to return the infant to Sudan, the SMC report said.

“I had heard that my daughter had left behind a baby she had from a Sudanese member of IS,” Alithi Yousef told SMC. “After what was a complicated operation conducted in coordination with NISS and Libyan officials, we were able to bring back the baby,” he said.

Sudanese officials say dozens of young Sudanese have joined ISIS. Sudanese media has reported the deaths of some of the students while fighting for the group in the three countries.