Security forces foil attempt to establish new terrorist camp

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Wed, 30 May 2018 - 01:10 GMT

An Egyptian military vehicle is seen on the highway in northern Sinai, Egypt, in this May 25, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih/Files

An Egyptian military vehicle is seen on the highway in northern Sinai, Egypt, in this May 25, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih/Files

CAIRO – 30 May 2018: Egypt’s security forces succeeded in foiling attempts to establish new camps for terrorists along Wahat Road, the same place that witnessed a massive terrorist attack last October in which at least 16 police officers were killed.

The new camp was planning to target several buildings, police officers, and vital areas and locations inside the country during Ramadan, sources told Egypt Today on Wednesday.

Al-Harak al-Moslah, an armed group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, was reported to be contributing to establishing the terrorist camp. Another fugitive terrorist from Ismailia governorate was also reported to be helping. According to the sources, this terrorist was arrested earlier for participating in terrorist attacks aiming to destabilize the state. However, he managed escaped despite being sentenced to 10 years in prison.

After investigating the information received about the new alleged terrorist camp in Wahat, a huge military operation was launched and managed to foil forming the new camp. The operation also succeeded to kill the fugitive terrorist. A number of arms were sized during the military operation, along with a black motorcycle without metal plates.

On May 28, security sources told Egypt Today that a member of the Hasm movement was killed in an exchange of fire with Egyptian security forces near Wahat Road in 6 October City, Giza.

The Homeland Security sector had received information that terrorist elements would meet in the desert near Wahat Road. After obtaining a permit from the Homeland Security prosecution, the forces combed the area; once they attempted to approach a certain group of people, the group initiated the exchange of fire.

The group left behind the dead body of Ibrahim Mohamed Metwally, who had recently escaped from police in Ismailia governorate on Saturday. He penetrated the fragile ceiling of a bathroom in Ismailia General Hospital, where he was being treated during his 10-year sentence.

The Giza-Wahat attacks took place in late October 2017. The government managed to destroy the terrorist cell in the Giza-Wahat area by November 2, simultaneously freeing an officer who was taken hostage.

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