Egypt's prosecutor Hisham Barakat (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's general prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, imposed a gag order Monday on the kidnapping of a police captain in Sinai as the prosecution is investigating the incident.
Ayman El-Desouky, an officer in the ports security division, was on a bus when alleged members of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis – who had set up a checkpoint – searched the bus and took him to an unknown location.
ABM, which claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks, including the killing of 30 army personnel in October, pledged allegiance to Islamic State last November.
Egypt’s security forces have been facing a decade-long jihadist militant insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula, with militant attacks increasing over the past 18 months and expanding into Cairo and the Nile Delta, killing hundreds of army and police personnel.