Egypt’s security forces have foiled an “imminent” attack on a foreign embassy plotted by an Al-Qaeda cell, according to Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
“The interior ministry was able to direct a qualitative blow
to a terrorist cell which was planning to carry out suicide attacks
against vital, important and foreign establishments,” declared
Ibrahim, who did not specify which country was to be targeted by
the attack. He did, however, say that the extremists planned to use
either a car stuffed with explosives, or a remotely detonated
home-made device to carry out the terrorist act.
Ibrahim said the three suspects were captured with 10 kilograms
of ammonium nitrate — an ingredient in explosives — and a computer
containing bomb-making instructions.
The minister told journalists at a Cairo press conference that
the radical Islamists had been in contact with Al-Qaeda in Algeria,
Pakistan and on the Syrian-Turkish border, where their contact is
monitoring the inflow of jihadists into the war-torn country.
Ibrahim claimed one of the suspects also traveled to combat
training camps in Iran and Pakistan.
A lawyer for the three men has told local Al-Ahram website that
the charges against them were “fabricated.”
Ibrahim stated that the men shared the same contact, a man called
Kurdi Dawud al-Assadi, as the ‘Nasr City Cell’ — another group of
suspected terrorists currently on trial. Al-Assadi reportedly told
the men to contact members of the cell, who are accused of
involvement in the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi on
September 11 last year, as well as preparing a host of embassy
Ibrahim denied that the spate of arrests constituted a
systematic Al-Qaeda presence in the country whose security
apparatus has been weakened through the upheaval of the past two
years. Nonetheless, radical Islamist attacks in the deserted region
of Sinai have occurred intermittently over the past months. The
Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists there also launched two rockets at
the Israeli city of Eilat from their base on the peninsula last
The authorities also failed to maintain security, when the US
embassy in Egypt was breached and the US flag burnt by a crowd
protesting the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video last year.
The current leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, is himself an
Egyptian by birth (though has spent large stretches of his life
outside the country) and has masterminded previous attacks in his
This article originally appeared on : RT