World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian security agencies have arrested a member of Al-Nusra Front militant group upon his return from Syria, the country's authorities said.
The Homeland Security Agency managed to arrest "one of the most dangerous Al-Nusra elements" identified as Mohamed Ibrahim al-Desouki, 34, after his return from Syria, the Interior Ministry said late Saturday.
Al-Desouki was arrested in his homeland village of Daqados in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya "in the possession of various foreign banknotes as well as documents revealing plots that he indented to carry out inside the country," the ministry statement said.
According to the release, al-Desouki received "training in street-fighting tactics and weapons handling" while being in Syria fighting along with Al-Nusra Front. Yet, it did not say when he had been arrested.
This was not the first time the Egyptian authorities announce the arrest of an Egyptian member of Al-Nusra Front upon his return home.
There are no official numbers of the Egyptians who traveled to Syria to fight along with militant groups against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, Egypt's army said on Sunday that its troops had killed 14 "terrorists" and arrested 45 other militants over the past three days in raids in the northern quarter of the restive Sinai Peninsula.
"Fourteen terrorist elements were killed in shootouts with army and police troops in northern Sinai between December 18 and 20," army spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a Facebook statement.
He added that army troops had also arrested 45 militants who participated in "terrorist plots" against security forces and destroyed five militant hotbeds.
Samir said that army troops had also destroyed 15 vehicles and eight motorbikes used by militants in waging attacks on army troops and policemen in northern Sinai.Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2014, 13:47