Egypt renews detention of 3 accused of planning domestic terror attacks

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Ahram Online, Wednesday 22 May 2013

Three men arrested earlier in May and accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Egypt will be detained for a further 15 days; investigations continue

Egypt's General Prosecution has renewed for 15 days the detention of three Egyptian men suspected of planning attacks on targets in Cairo and Alexandria, including a foreign embassy.

Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced upon the arrest of the suspects earlier in May that the three had been communicating with an "Al-Qaeda" figure.

The three men face charges of belonging to Al-Qaeda group, plotting domestic terrorist attacks and political assassinations.

Ibrahim had also announced that the three suspects were affiliated with the ultra-conservative Gamaa Jihadiyah group, suspected members of which were arrested last October and charged with establishing a "terrorist cell" in Cairo's Nasr City district. 

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