Authorities expelled two Belgians and eight French terror suspects on Thursday, but an American and another French citizen remained in Egyptian custody, officials said.
The 12, along with an unknown number of Egyptians and Arabs from other countries, were arrested late last month for allegedly belonging to an Islamist terror cell that was plotting attacks in the region including Iraq.
The Interior Minister said the terror suspects were allegedly living in Egypt under the guise of studying Arabic and Islamic studies and had formed a militant cell that was plotting attacks.
Security officials said the suspects had a relationship with Omar Abdullah Hamra, the leader of the Islamic militant group "Tawhid and Jihad" who killed himself by detonating an explosives belt while trying to cross into Lebanon from Syria. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.