Sudan arrests senior TPLF militia leader

The Government of Sudan on Monday arrested a senior militia leader of Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) in Al-Fashaqa border area, reported Sudan Tribune.

Reliable security sources told the Sudan Tribune on Monday that the military intelligence of the 2nd Infantry Division in Gedaref had spotted the militia commander, accompanied by dozens of soldiers and his personal protection team, along with his family in the Allaw border area in Al-Fashaqa locality.

The arrested group is suspected of being involved in attacks on Sudanese lands in the Greater Al-Fashaqa area inside the Sudanese territory.
It managed to control 150,000 acres belonging to Sudanese farmers and herders in the areas of Majaj, Allaw and Allakdi where the militia practiced widespread terror operations amid villagers, the sources said.

“The militia leader owned about five thousand acres of agricultural land in the Al-Allaw area for decades. He used to cultivate it and sell its products to the western Tigray region,” the military sources said. It further said that the Sudanese forces found in his possession about 5 billion pounds, large quantities of gold, furniture and two luxury cars, according to Sudan Tribune’s report.

Addressing the members of Parliament on Monday Prime Minister Abiy extended his gratitude to the neighboring countries such as, Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda for their support in quickly completing its military operation in Tigray region against the TPLF “junta”. He also indicated that it is odd to see many young men exiled to Ethiopia as refugees after the government recently launched an offensive against the TPLF.

The Ethiopian Government launched a military offensive on November 4, 2020 after the TPLF militias attacked the northern military command of the national defense force of Ethiopia in Tigray region killing many soldiers and looting some artilleries. With aggressive counter attack supported by air force, the army has managed to liberate all the major towns of Tigray region from the TPLF in three weeks and concluded its major operation on Saturday setting the people of Mekele, the capital of Tiray from TPLF administration.