Po­lice ar­rest 14 sus­pected mem­bers of Hasm mil­i­tant group


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The Min­istry of In­te­rior said Satur­day it ar­rested 14 al­leged mem­bers mil­i­tant group “Hasm Move­ment”, and found ex­plo­sive sub­stances in their pos­ses­sion in Me­noufiya gov­er­norate.

The sus­pects are ac­cused of be­long­ing to the banned Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or­gan­i­sa­tion and of be­ing in­volved in ag­gres­sive op­er­a­tions (against the army, po­lice, and state prop­er­ties), and are plan­ning to im­ple­ment other op­er­a­tions af­ter re­ceiv­ing or­ders from their lead­ers abroad, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment of the Min­istry of In­te­rior.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the sus­pects ad­mit­ted be­long­ing to the Hasm move­ment and re­ceiv­ing or­ders for mon­i­tor­ing se­cu­rity tar­gets to at­tack it, in ad­di­tion to par­tic­i­pat­ing in sev­eral op­er­a­tions to as­sas­si­nat­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and pub­lic fig­ures.

Egypt is cur­rently bat­tling sev­eral armed groups, con­cen­trated mainly in the Si­nai Penin­sula, since the ouster of former Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi in July 2013. Since then, shoot­ings that tar­get po­lice, army of­fi­cers, and state of­fi­cials have be­come a near weekly oc­cur­rence in Egypt.

On Mon­day, po­lice said they killed three mem­bers of the group. This came one day af­ter the group’s af­fil­i­ated Twit­ter ac­count claimed to have tar­geted the Myan­mar em­bassy in Cairo. Amid a se­cu­rity cam­paign against the mil­i­tant group, sev­eral op­er­a­tions were con­ducted in the past months.

In Septem­ber, 10 al­leged mil­i­tants were killed and 5 po­lice of­fi­cers in­jured dur­ing an ex­change of fire in Al-Agouza neigh­bor­hood in Giza gov­er­norate. More op­er­a­tions took place in July.

Hasm Move­ment ap­peared in early 2016, and the Min­istry of In­te­rior said the group be­longs to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.

The move­ment claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for sev­eral re­cent at­tacks in state­ments cir­cu­lated on­line. In Au­gust 2016, the group said it was be­hind the failed as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt of former Grand Mufti Ali Go­maa. In Oc­to­ber of the same year, mil­i­tants driv­ing a black pri­vate ve­hi­cle opened fire on army leader, Adel Ra­gaai, as­sas­si­nat­ing him in front of his res­i­dence in Al-Obour City.

The sus­pects are ac­cused of be­long­ing to the banned Mus­lim Broth­er­hood or­gan­i­sa­tion

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