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14 Hasm militants arrested in Egypt's Menoufiya: Ministry

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Oct 2017
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Egypt's interior ministry arrested on Saturday 14 militants in Menoufiya governorate whom it has identified as members of the militant group Hasm, an official statement by the ministry's media office said.

The militants, who include a leading member of the group, were plotting terrorist attacks against police targets, state-run news agency MENA reported.

Police arrested the suspects during a raid, where they confiscated three shotguns, explosive materials, three motorbikes, and EGP 160,000.

Hasm has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks against Egyptian security personnel in recent months, mostly targeting police checkpoints.

Egyptian security forces have arrested and killed dozens of suspected Hasm members in the past few months.

Egyptian officials have said that Hasm is linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

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