Egyptian army arrests leading Sinai militant

Egyptian military arrested Friday a leading member of Al Qaeda-inspired Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group in a raid on southern Arish city of North Sinai province, a security source said.

IANS| Last Updated: Oct 18, 2014, 03:32 AM IST

Cairo: Egyptian military arrested Friday a leading member of Al Qaeda-inspired Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group in a raid on southern Arish city of North Sinai province, a security source said.

"Walid Waked Attallah is leader of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis military wing and he is the one responsible for last night's blast that targeted a police vehicle and killed three police recruits in Arish," xinhua reported citing the source.

Terrorist attacks have risen since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the army and the massive security crackdown on his supporters, which left about 1,000 of them killed and thousands more arrested.

The attacks targeted security men and their premises in the restive Sinai Peninsula and then extended to hit the capital Cairo and other provinces across the country.