Suspect in Egypt church bombings arrested

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (L) meets with Coptic Orthodox Church's Pope Tawadros II at the Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo on April 13, 2017, to offer condolences to the victims of Egypt of the Palm Sunday bombings in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt. Authorities on Tuesday said they have arrested a suspect in the bombings. (Egyptian Presidency handout photo via Reuters)
Updated 18 April 2017
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Suspect in Egypt church bombings arrested

CAIRO: Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested a man wanted for alleged involvement in twin church bombings this month claimed by the Daesh group, an official said.
Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Ali Mahmoud Mohamed Hassan, one of 19 suspects whose names police made public after the Palm Sunday explosions, the official said.
Two suicide bombers attacked two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on April 9, killing 45 people in the deadliest attack on Coptic Christians in recent memory.
Hassan was arrested in the southern province of Qena, from where the two suicide bombers also came.
The interior ministry had raised a reward for information leading to the suspects’ arrests to 500,000 pounds ($27,518).
The Palm Sunday bombings followed an earlier attack by a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives in a packed Cairo church in December, killing 29 people.
The Daesh group, which claimed all three bombings, has threatened more attacks on the minority, which makes up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people.
The attacks, weeks before a planned visit by Roman Catholic Pope Francis, prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.


Egypt refers 28 to court on charges of joining Daesh, al-Qaida

Updated 29 min 7 sec ago
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Egypt refers 28 to court on charges of joining Daesh, al-Qaida

  • Egyptian officials said only 17 of the 28 suspects are actually in custody
  • They said the suspects were planning to conduct attacks in Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian prosecutors have referred 28 terror suspects in two separate cases to court on charges of joining local affiliates of the Daesh group and Al-Qaeda.
They said Monday the suspects were plotting attacks against security forces and the headquarters of the high state prosecution in Cairo.
They say only 17 of the 28 suspects are in custody. No date has been set for their trials. It was not clear when or where they were arrested.
A Daesh affiliate based in northern Sinai has carried out attacks across Egypt in recent years, mainly targeting security forces and the country’s Christian minority.
Egypt has been battling militants for years, but the insurgency gathered strength after the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.