CAIRO: A leading figure in Cairo affiliated with militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Mohamed Bakry Haroun, was arrested by security forces on April 12, according to media reports Sunday.
Haroun is accused of killing a national security officer, being involved in the Dakahlia and Cairo Security Directorate bomb explosions and belonging to a “terrorist” group known as the “Nasr City Network,” Masrawy reported.
He has also been linked to Ahmed Ezzat Shaaban, a suspect in a police officer murder case, and Libyan Karim al-Badawi, who blew himself up during a security raid on his apartment in Nasr City, and other members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis who were killed in clashes with security forces, Youm7 reported.
According to Youm7, Haroun is the main suspect in the killing of National Security Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabrouk last November, who was shot in front of his house in Nasr City.
Mabrouk was in charge of cases related to Takfiri groups, and the case related to former president Mohamed Morsi’s escape from Wadi al-Natroun prison in January 2011.
At least 150 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members were arrested in two major security raids in Rafah in the Sinai, Qalyubia, Dakahlia and Fayoum, Youm7 reported.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility in statements for most of the attacks that rocked the country over the past months, including a bomb attack on a bus carrying tourists in Taba last February.
Last week, the Attorney General decided to refer 120 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members to Cairo Criminal Court in charges of explosions and killing security officers, according to Al-Hayat channel.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady.