Al-Jazeera: Egyptian cell plotted Israel attack

Al-Jazeera: Egypt arrested al-Qaeda-inspired terror cell comprised of army officers, engineers.

January 13, 2008 03:49

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Egyptian authorities arrested approximately two months ago a 14-member terror cell comprised of engineers and army officers that was planning to carry out terror attacks against Israel under the auspices of al-Qaeda, Al-Jazeera reported Saturday. The cell-members were planning to assemble an unmanned aircraft to attack targets inside Israel, the report said, quoting Egyptian defense officials. The cell allegedly manufactured rockets similar in design to those used by Palestinian terror groups. According to the report, the head of the cell - an engineer from the University of Alexandria - visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and met with a number of Afghan men, allegedly members of al-Qaeda. The lawyer representing the alleged members of the cell told AFP that all of the arrests were made during November in the municipal areas of Alexandria and Cairo. US President Bush is scheduled to visit Egypt on the tail end of his Middle East trip on Monday. Their lawyer denied the intentions attributed to his clients and claimed that the evidence against them was insubstantial.

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