Sudanese round up 1,200 in drive on aliens, jobless
Cairo — Sudanese security forces arrested 1,200 people in Khartoum, the capital city, during the weekend, the Egyptian Middle East News Agency reports. The state-run news agency said the arrests were part of a crackdown ''to clean the capital of jobless people and aliens who entered the country illegally.''
Sudanese police arrested more than 12,000 people in similar clampdowns in recent weeks, partly as a precaution against the infiltration of government opponents from neighboring Libya. Small arms and ammunition were reportedly seized in the operation and 300 of the detainees later released.