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Egyptian police arrest student for allegedly contacting IS

Police say the Upper Egyptian university student confessed to contacting an IS leader via Facebook

Ahram Online , Friday 2 Jan 2015
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Egyptian police arrested a student at Assiut University on Thursday for allegedly seeking to contact a leading member of the militant group the Islamic State (IS), which currently controls territory in Syria and Iraq.

Egypt's state news agency MENA reported on Friday that the 22-year-old resident of Upper Egypt's Sohag governorate was apprehended and found possessing reading material on jihadist doctrine and guerilla warfare, as well notes on police patrol routes and stations.

MENA reported police as saying that the student, Abdallah Ahmed, confessed to taking part in protests in Assiut University and to communicating with an IS leader through Facebook.

They added that the student's laptop contained statements by IS and about killed Al Qaeda leaders Osama Bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and that his phone had audio clips of jihadist material and others containing the "thought of Hamas," Gaza's Islamist rulers.

Egyptian police monitor Facebook pages for jihadist content or content calling for anti-state activity. Such surveillance has led to dozens of arrests in the past year.

Egypt's security forces are embroiled in confrontations with Islamist militants, who have increased their attacks against police and army forces after the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Egypt has joined a US-led international coalition against terrorism after IS took over large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq last summer.

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