Egyptian terrorist group leader ‘linked’ to US Consulate attack in Benghazi arrested
Washington: The leader of an Egyptian terrorist cell allegedly linked to the US consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 has been arrested by Egyptian intelligence officers.
The US officials said that Mohammad Jamal Abdo Ahmed had become one of Egypt’s most dangerous terrorists.
The officials said that Abdo led a small cell of Egyptians that collected suicide vests, bombs and grenades before their Cairo safe house was raided by intelligence officials in late October.
According to ABC News, most of the cell’s targets were Egyptian, but both the US and Egyptian officials said Ahmed admitted to traveling to Libya.
The officials also said that Abdo also assisted Ansar al Sharia, which US officials suspect organized the attack on the consulate that killed US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
Until now, neither the United States nor Egypt has determined exactly what role Ahmed played in the attack in eastern Libya, the officials said.
Ahmed may have also been planning attacks on US targets in Egypt and neighboring countries, the US official said, adding that he had aspirations to join al Qaeda, the report said.
Ahmed, who is Egyptian, was arrested two weeks ago in eastern Egypt in the Sharqiyah province, the Egyptian official said.
The officials continue to question him and he will remain in custody for another 15 days, according to the Egyptian official.