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Six members of Daesh-linked terror cell arrested in Egypt's Minya: Source

Security forces raided the terrorist camp near Maghagha after conducting surveillance of the cell's communications, according to a security source

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Mar 2018
Torched car
A pickup car allegedly used by terrorists in North Sinai on fire (Photo: Egyptian armed forces)

Six members of a cell affiliated to the terrorist organization Daesh have been arrested by security forces in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya during a raid on their training camp, a security source said on Sunday.

According to the source, the cell consisted of six people who had established a training camp near Maghagha, a city in the north of Minya.

Security forces conducted a raid on the camp, confiscating a wide range of weapons, along with field glasses, laptops, and detailed plans for targeting governmental and security facilities, churches, and military and security figures.

The source said that the terror group viewed the training camp as the starting point for a widespread campaign of attacks in the governorate.

The interior ministry’s national-security investigations department had been monitoring the organization's communications, said the source, observing cell members ahead of the raid on the camp.

One cell member was able to escape ahead of the raid, but security forces arrested him during a campaign in Upper Egypt’s Sohag, where the “terrorist” is originally from.

“The success by the national security apparatus in Minya to arrest such a cell has thwarted a major terror plot that the organization was planning to execute,” the security source said.

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