Egypt reveals arrest of 19 Arabs linked to al-Qaida

Country's interior minister says suspects were using Egypt as transit point to travel to Iraq and join other terror groups.

January 25, 2011 13:52
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CAIRO — Egypt's interior minister on Tuesday said 19 Arabs suspected of links to al-Qaida were arrested last month in Egypt en route to Iraq.

Habib el-Adly said the militants, who are from Tunisia and Libya, were using Egypt as a transit point trying to make their way to Iraq to join al-Qaida groups there.

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Adly said weapons, ammunition and documents related to al-Qaida were confiscated with the suspects.

El-Adly stressed that those arrested have no connection to the New Year's Day suicide bombing of a Christian Coptic church in the port city of Alexandria that killed 21 people. Egypt has blamed that attack on the Palestinian Army of Islam, another al-Qaida inspired group.

The minister's remarks were published in Egypt's leading Al-Ahram daily.

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