Omar al-Bashir used an interview with Euronews to claim there was a connection between the American and Israeli intelligence organisations and both extremist groups.
He spoke after Isis released a video purporting to show the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, an act that prompted Egypt to respond with air strikes avenging the massacre. “I said CIA and the Mossad stand behind these organisations. There is no Muslim who would carry out such acts,” al-Bashir said.
He also cautioned against taking violent measures to fight militants, claiming it could lead to an even more severe extremist response.
The Sudanese leader cautioned that simply using violence against young radicals who fight with organisations like ISIS and al-Qaeda could lead to even more extremism.
“Our policy has been largely successful, after we arrest these young people we bring a group of young scholars to engage in dialogue with them about their thoughts, and we succeed to bring a lot of them back from their radical ideas,” al-Bashir said.