UPDATE: Egypt calls on INERPOL to arrest 3 Libyan terrorists for kidnapping expats



Sun, 24 Jun 2018 - 02:31 GMT


Sun, 24 Jun 2018 - 02:31 GMT

FILE: Interpol - Reuters

FILE: Interpol - Reuters

CAIRO – 24 June 2018: Egypt's Attorney General Nabil Sadek called on the International Criminal Police Organization (INERPOL) to arrest three Libyan “militants” belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group over charges of kidnapping Egyptian citizens.

The three Libyans were accused of cooperating with Mohamed Ragab Hassan, an Egyptian citizen, to gather information about Egyptian expatriates working in Libya, kidnap some of them, and demand their families to pay ransom to the terrorist organization.

Interrogating the defendant, it has been revealed, according to the Middle East News Agency (MENA), that Hassan had frequently travelled to Libya and had contacted elements of armed militants belonging to the IS. Investigations also revealed that Hassan had joined an organization that works in smuggling illegal immigrants to Libya.

Hassan has been responsible, according to the investigation, for receiving the ransom from the kidnapped men’s families for the IS. Hassan had provided the terrorist organization with information about some Egyptian expats, which has been used by the IS militia to actually kidnap them.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians work in the African State of Libya.

In February 2015, IS published a video dubbed “A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross”, where a number of masked IS members appeared beheading 21 Copts, including 20 Egyptians in the city of Sirte, Libya.

“A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross” operation - video released by the IS

On May 6, Siddiq Assour, head of investigations at the Libyan Attorney General's Office, said that he ordered that the victims' remains be transferred to Egypt.

The Egyptian authorities have sent several requests to Interpol to extradite wanted terrorists, including those in Qatar and Turkey, who were recently designated terrorists by Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.



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