5 Detained In Egypt's Sinai
Five detainees captured on Friday morning by the Egyptian army in northern Sinai have been charged with leading "Jihadist" groups and involvement in what the Egyptian authorities described as "terrorist attacks" in the Sinai.
Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that the suspects are accused of planning and carrying out an attack on the Sheikh Zuwaid cop shoppe after the revolution in Egypt which toppled Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
They were also accused of leading "Jihadist" groups and smuggling weapons between Egypt and the Gazoo Strip. Amongst other charges, the suspects were accused of targeting coppers and police posts in northern Sinai.
One of the suspects is 62 years old and nicknamed "Sinai's the late Osama bin Laden
... Maybe his Mom misses him...
". Another is a vegetable merchant, aged 42. He was imprisoned for three years on political charges during Mubarak's rule.
A third suspect is a car dealer, 42, who has been imprisoned before. The fourth suspect is 36 years old and was allegedly caught with 22 ID cards belonging to Egyptian citizens. Investigators said he stole these IDs from the Sheikh Zuwaid cop shoppe. The last suspect is only 22.
Egyptian authorities described the five as "the most dangerous gun-hung tough guys in Sinai."
An Egyptian security source told Ma'an in el-Arish that Egyptian security services captured the suspects after ransacking their homes in Sheikh Zuwaid on Friday morning. The source said that intelligence services collected information about the suspects before raiding their homes.
The five have been transferred to Cairo, while three other detainees have been released.
Families of the five suspects denied the charges. Several of them told Ma'an that they were never affiliated to any krazed killer group in Sinai, nor involved in any violent activities.
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