Egypt security arrests 'top Jihadist' in el-Arish
Published Monday 30/09/2013 (updated) 01/10/2013 15:52
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – Egyptian security services arrested a senior Jihadist leader in el-Arish in northern Sinai district Monday evening, security sources told Ma'an.
Hamdan Abu Shabtah, known as “Sadat,” was arrested in a sting operation at a surprise checkpoint near the seashore in el-Arish.
Egyptian security forces believe Abu Shabtah was behind a shooting attack injuring an Egyptian officer near the main post office in el-Arish Sunday afternoon.
The suspect’s brother Ismail Abu Shabtah was detained 10 days earlier.
Ismail and Hamdan are brothers of Hamadah Abu Shabtah, a high-profile Jihadist leader in Egypt’s custody. He was accused of kidnapping seven Egyptian soldiers months earlier.