Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Wanted Egyptian terrorist, Al-Ashmawy captured in Libya
Security activists in Libya captured one of Egypt's most wanted jihadists, Hisham al-Ashmawy, during an operation in the eastern port city of Darnah.
Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former army officer, is accused of having been behind several deadly attacks in Egypt and an attempt against a senior civil servant. He was wearing a suicide vest, said the Libyan National Army, which controls much of eastern Libya.
"The terrorist Ashmawy was arrested in the Al-Maghar district of Darnah town and wore an explosive vest but could not detonate it," the LNA said about the capture.
It said it would hand over the militants to the Egyptian authorities, reports Reuters. Egypt has close ties with the LNA and has launched airstrikes on Darnah, as these are jihadists associated with militant activity in Egypt.
Egyptian officials say that Ashmawy was behind the assassination of then-Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim in May 2013 and the killing of the country's top prosecutor in a car bomb in 2015. They say he led the al Qaeda-affiliated Ansa Islam militant group after removing his loyalty from the Islamic State group.