Egypt detains two men over Suez Canal attack plot

March 21, 2012 18:06

ISMAILIA - Egypt has detained two men as it investigates allegations that they plotted to attack a foreign ship as it passed through the Suez Canal, the state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday, citing a security source.

A resident of the canal-side city of Ismailia, whose name was given as Soliman Abdel Razek, had planned to carry out the attack from land alongside the waterway, with the help of a colleague, Salama Ahmed, the source was quote as saying.A security source told Reuters both men denied the accusation, which was based on the account of a third suspect whom the authorities had detained and later released. The two suspects, aged 25 and 27, were arrested last week and will be detained for 15 days.

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