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Egypt's interior ministry aware of terrorist plots, vows to thwart them

The ministry says that a change in tactics by Islamist militants is proof that the security apparatus is successfully combating terrorism

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Nov 2015
Egypt's interior minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar (Photo: AP)

Egypt’s interior minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar said on Monday that the country's security apparatus has gathered intelligence about several terrorist plots in the country.

Abdel-Ghaffar asserted that the police is in full readiness to thwart any such plots and arrest those involved, MENA reported.

Security forces have been successful in the past in directing "harsh blows to terrorist elements," Abdel-Ghaffar said, adding that they have also been able to arrest and refer terror suspects to the relevant investigative authorities on a daily basis. 

Abdel-Ghaffar also insists that the change in tactics by Islamist militants, such as a move towards suicide attacks, is proof that the security apparatus is successfully combating the activity of such groups.

Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency in the North Sinai governorate in recent years, which increased following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Militant attacks have also been carried out in Cairo and other governorates, but with much less regularity than in North Sinai.

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