10 “terrorists” arrested in Mansoura, including retired officer
Egyptian policemen - AFP/Khaled Desouky

CAIRO: Security authorities in Dakahlia governorate arrested Sunday a group of militants calling for establishing an Islamic army in Mansoura, Youm7 reported.

A press statement released by the Ministry of Interior identified the group’s leader as 32-year-old Mohamed Ibrahim Adelrady, also known as Abu Anas.

The defendants were arrested in possession of a large number of papers explaining “how to build an army and how to use guns, in addition to maps of the most important places in Mansoura,” the statement said.

Adelrady and his group planned to target police and army officers, said the statement, which also said Abdelrady embraces “takfiri” ideology. He reportedly trained his group to use weapons and make bombs, and helped a number of young men travel to Libya and Syria to fight with militants there.

The defendants confessed intentions to announce Bahot village in Mansoura an Islamic Emirate, reported Dostor Newspaper.

Dostor said Gen. Alsaid Emara, a Mansoura security officer, intensified security measures around the village and arrested the group.

Abdelrady and nine others, including a retired army officer, were referred to the prosecution for investigation, said the ministry statement.

Additional reporting by Sherif Al-Deep and Osama Al-Sayed.

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