Egypt jihadist arrested on return from Syria

Egyptian authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a jihadist who returned home from the Syrian conflict to train Islamist militants in the use of explosives.

Cairo: Egyptian authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a jihadist who returned home from the Syrian conflict to train Islamist militants in the use of explosives.

Hani Shahine had fought in the ranks of the Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda`s franchise in Syria, the interior ministry said.

He was arrested in Al-Gharbiya province, 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Cairo, the ministry said on its Facebook page.

It said Shahine`s assignment was to "train Islamist elements in the production and use of explosives", and that his arrest had led to five terrorist cells being dismantled.

Since the army toppled Egypt`s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, security forces have repeatedly been the target of deadly attacks by militants who say their aim is to avenge a crackdown by authorities that has left more than 1,400 dead, mostly pro-Morsi demonstrators.