CAIRO: An Egyptian citizen has been arrested in Algeria over charges of recruiting youth from Maghreb countries, northwest of Africa, for the Islamic State group (IS) and Al-Nusra Front, Algerian newspaper el-Khabar reported Saturday.
The Egyptian national, whose name has not been disclosed, was arrested in the northeastern city of Constantine in Algeria, and he provided information that led to dismantling several “terrorist cells…and sleeping agents” in Algeria and Tunisia, Khabar quoted top Algerian security sources.
In October 2014, Egyptian security forces arrested four men accused of recruiting youth for IS. A number of Egyptian youth have been reported to have joined the IS branch in Syria.
During interrogations, the man disclosed information about al-Qaida members in Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Mauritania, who are now being pursued by security services in the said states, the newspaper added.
Although a number of al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) members have pledged allegiance to IS, other AQIM members are still at odds with the new militant organization.
Since early 2015, the IS branch in Libya has persecuted different nationals from Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia. Egypt launched airstrikes on IS locations in Libya in January after a video showed IS militants beheading 20 Egyptian Christians.
In December, Egypt decreed that Egyptians aged 18-40 heading to Turkey must obtain a police permit due to allegations that recruited fighters travel to Istanbul to join IS in Iraq and Syria.