35 in Egypt arrested for alleged IS ties
Attorney General HishamBarakat - YOUM7/Hossam Atef

CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat has ordered the detention of 35 people for 15 days pending investigations after they were arrested on accusations of forming networks with terrorism purposes and receiving training from violent Islamist groups, including the Islamic State group (IS), the State-owned MENA reported Sunday.

The Ministry of Interior released a press statement published on their official Facebook page Saturday saying that there are five gangs or “terrorist cells” across the country with ties to extremist groups in Syria, and that the arrested members were involved in terrorist attacks on security forces

Prosecution investigations included confessions from the suspects saying they used their regular jobs in export and import to facilitate their traveling to Turkey and then to Syria, where they received military training from armed groups to return to Egypt and wait for “orders from IS.”

The suspects also allegedly confessed connections to an Egyptian IS recruiter named Mahmoud Ismail and meeting several Egyptian men in Syria who have joined IS forces. According to MENA’s reporting, the suspects said they were selected for belonging to or supporting the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist movements, most of them with jihadist ideology.

The suspects were arrested in Ismailia, Sharqia and Damietta.

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