CAIRO: ‘Arab Sharkas’ terrorist cell admitted plotting the assassination of Field Marshal Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi a few hours before other of its members were arrested, MBC MASR TV channel aired Tuesday.
A security source said the cell members were tracking Sisi, who they planned to assassinate on March 19, a few hours before they were arrested, according MBC channel.
Sisi said he was the target of two assassination attempts but did not give details of these attempts in an interview conducted by television hosts Lamis el-Hadidi and Ibrahim Eissa on ONTV and CBC satellite channels Monday.
An arrested terrorist led security authorities to the location of a terrorist cell in Sharks village in Qalyubia, MENA reported on March 21. The informer was earlier arrested during an armed attack that targeted two buses affiliated to the army in Al-Amiria, Cairo.
Arab Sharkas terrorist cell was a hiding in a storehouse in Sharkas village in El-Kanater El-Khairia, Minister of Interior former assistant Mohamed Nour al-Din said on April 16 during a phone interview on Mehwar TV channel. He descired such terrorist groups as cowards who immediately confess to all their crimes once they are arrested.
“It takes a long time to force the car thieves to admit guilt, but for terrorist groups it is much easier because they are such cowards,” Nour said.
Sisi announced on state television on March 26 that he would run for president after first resigning from his post as Minister of Defense after meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) with interim President Adly Mansour. He is widely expected by the ublic to win the May 26-27 elections in the first round.