Egypt to brief Kuwaiti authorities on Ashmawy’s link with arrested terrorist cell

An Egyptian security delegation will arrive in Kuwait late Monday to brief Kuwaiti security leaders about the confessions of Egyptian terrorist Hisham al-Ashmawy, who was handed over to the Egyptian authorities by the Libyan National Army (LNA) in May, according to Kuwaiti media outlets.

Ashmawy told investigators he had a direct contact with a terrorist cell that was arrested on Friday in Kuwait and is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, Kuwaiti security sources said, adding that this cell was involved in several bombings in Egyptian cities over the past two years.

Ashmawy’s confessions during the interrogation in Libya and later in Egypt showed that some terrorists in Kuwait coordinated with him to carry out attacks in Egypt.

In May, Ashmawy was extradited to the Egyptian authorities in the presence of the Egyptian intelligence chief after carrying out investigations with the high-profile defendant to meet all legal requirement.

The Egyptian terrorist had been in constant contact with the leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Abdul Hakim Belha, who is linked to al-Qaeda and met with him several times, the media office of the LNA said.

The investigations revealed that Ashmawy also met with Muslim Brotherhood leader Ali Salab.

The LNA added that Ashmawy had strong ties with prominent terrorist leaders in Syria and Iraq, who assigned him to train terrorists to launch attacks in Libya and Egypt.


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