Report: Egypt arrests commander of Sinai jihadist group

October 17, 2014 22:03

Egyptian security forces apprehended the commander of a jihadist terror organization that has killed scores of soldiers and police in the Sinai Peninsula, Sky News' Arabic-language service reported on Friday.

Walid Waqed Atallah, the most wanted man in Egypt, is the head of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a radical Islamist group that has also claimed credit for launching rockets at Eilat as well as executing suspected spies for Israel.Atallah became the focus of a massive manhunt by Egyptian security forces after the murder of three policemen who were killed by a roadside bomb.

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