Egypt reveals arrest of 19 Arabs linked to al-Qaeda
Posted by avideditor on January 25, 2011
It looks like Egypt is finally going after the Jihadis there.
The arrests took place last month and are not related to the bombing of the Coptic church in Alexandria.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interior minister on Tuesday said 19 Arabs suspected of links to al-Qaida were arrested last month in Egypt en route to Iraq.
Habib el-Adly said the militants, who are from Tunisia and Libya, were using Egypt as a transit point trying to make their way to Iraq to join al-Qaida groups there.
Adly said weapons, ammunition and documents related to al-Qaida were confiscated with the suspects.
El-Adly stressed that those arrested have no connection to the New Year’s Day suicide bombing of a Christian Coptic church in the port city of Alexandria that killed 21 people. Egypt has blamed that attack on the Palestinian Army of Islam, another al-Qaida inspired group.
The minister’s remarks were published in Egypt’s leading Al-Ahram daily.