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Egypt's state security prosecution orders detention of 13 suspected Hasm militants

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 8 Oct 2017
A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
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Egypt's state security prosecution ordered on Sunday the detention of 13 suspected members of the militant group Hasm in Menoufiya governorate pending investigations into charges of violent crimes against police and state institutions.

On Saturday, Egypt's interior ministry said it arrested 14 militants in Menoufiya governorate whom it has identified as members of Hasm, including a leading member of the group.

According to the ministry, the suspects were plotting terrorist attacks against police targets.

While 13 suspects were charged in the case, the status of the 14th is not yet known.

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

The prosecution is charging the 13 suspects with forming an unlawful group with the aim of obstructing the enforcement of the law and the constitution, preventing state institutions from doing their duties, as well as several terrorism-related charges.

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

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

Authorities say Hasm is linked to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

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