Libya Allows Egyptian Interrogators Access to Al Qaeda Leader

Egyptian officials have started to grill one of the most wanted Al Qaeda terror leaders. The leader was detained from the Libyan city of Derna on Monday. A team of security specialists was optimistic of gaining valued intelligence to assist in Egypt’s battle against the Al Qaeda group in the Sinai Peninsula. The development came as it appeared that ten terrorists were killed by Egyptian forces in Northern Sinai on 9th October, Tuesday.
Hiasham Ashmawi was captured during a raid by the Libyan National Army in the former terrorist asylum of Derna. The 40-year-old has been charged for remaining behind a series of attacks over the recent years, which includes the assassination attempt against the then interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim in 2013. Last year, he was sentenced death penalty by Egypt and is likely to be deported back to his home country.
Media of Pro-Egyptian government stated that Ashmawi participated in the act of promoting and supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood group in Cairo’s Rabaa El-Adaweya in late 2016 before
escaping to Libya. Meanwhile, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis vowed allegiance to ISIS in 2014.
Other charges which have been put against Ashmawi is that he is being suspected to be a part of the July 2015 bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo and also in the murder of Egypt’s chief prosecutor.
Ashmawi was captured having an Egyptian military card.
The arrest of Ashnawi has led pro-LNA politicians to demand for increasing support towards Libya’s biggest armed bloc, which is lead by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. It comes at a moment, when the UN- backed government in Tripoli, inimical by the LNA, brought up a number of questionable ministerial changes.
Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) stated that during late 2011 the former deputy prime minister was doubted of being involved in the killing of one of the most senior military commanders of the rebel movement’s.

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