Egypt forces arrest leader of Al-Qaeda group in Sinai
Published Sunday 01/09/2013 (updated) 04/09/2013 15:26
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces on Saturday arrested the commander of an Al-Qaeda-linked group in the Sinai peninsula, officials said.
A senior Egyptian official told Ma'an that Muhammad Ibrahim, 40, was appointed as the leader of Al-Qaeda in Sinai after escaping from prison following the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Ibrahim, also known as Adel Habbara, was driving a truck from Rafah to El-Arish when he was ambushed by Egyptian security forces.
"He tried to reach for two grenades in his pocket, but an officer jumped at him and bowled him over before other officers controlled him and grabbed the grenades," the official said.
Ibrahim was traveling with two other gunmen at the time of his arrest.
Egyptian authorities accuse Ibrahim of masterminding the 2005 attack on the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, which killed around 88 people.
He is also accused of planning the August 2012 attack which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah, and is believed to have personally executed soldiers in an attack earlier this month in which 25 soldiers were killed.