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Istanbul, Turkey – The spokesman of the Egyptian Interior Ministry, Hani Abd al-Latif, said on Sunday that the Egyptian authorities arrested “Islamic extremists” that fought in Syria and returned to Egypt, awaiting instructions to launch attacks within Egypt.
“The ministry continues its war against the remnants of terrorist groups in Egypt, thwarting their plans,” the spokesman added.
“The national security sector in the ministry was able to identify and capture members of terrorist cells in Dimyat province who have been in Syria and engaged in the ranks of terrorist groups,” he said. “They returned home awaiting the orders of their leaders in order to carry out hostile operations inside Egypt”.
Abd al-Latif pointed out that the suspects admitted leaving the country to go to Turkey, then entering the Syrian territory, “joining one of the terrorist camps and receiving physical, intellectual and military training as well as specialized courses in preparation of explosive devices in order to participate in terrorist operations”.
One of the detainees was quoted saying, “The educational officer who gave us religious lessons was called Abu Hamza al-Sinawi from Sinai, we then trained on tactical urban warfare and mountaineering in addition to the use of heavy arms.”
Last week, Egyptian officials announced that the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, has ties with Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, an extremist group in northern Sinai, near the Egyptian-Israeli border.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News