Egypt's president wants Libya to hand over captured militant

11 October 2018 3:25 PM

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Egypt's president says he wants a prominent militant captured in Libya this week extradited so that he can be "held accountable."

Thursday's comments by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi were the first official word in Egypt on the capture of Hisham el-Ashmawi by a self-styled Libyan military force allied with Egypt.

El-Ashmawi was captured in the city of Derna, a longtime militant bastion. He is the prime suspect in a series of high-profile terror attacks in Egypt, including a 2013 attempted assassination of Egypt's interior minister at the time.

Libya's chaos has enabled the rise of Islamic militants. A 2015 audio recording attributed el-Ashmawi has him proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State group's rival, al-Qaeda, led by Egyptian militant Ayman al-Zawahri.

Also read: Egypt says 27 militants killed in Sinai, border with Libya

Source: news24.com

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