World Bulletin / News Desk
The Egyptian army on Sunday arrested four Takfiris, Muslims who accuse other Muslims of apostasy and are considered to be violent offshoots of Islamist movements, in Northern Sinai, northeast of Egypt, army spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali said on Sunday.
The four people were arrested in the possession of a shotgun, ammunitions, a material suspected to be highly explosive TNT, three cameras, communication equipment, two laptops, Takfiri sermons and a footage of the bombing that targeted the car of the Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim last month as well as videos of operations against army personnel and police officers, the spokesperson said in a statement on his official Facebook page.
Ibrahim survived an attempt on his life on September 5 near his home in the east of Cairo neighborhood of Nasr City. The minister emerged unscathed from the attack, but one person was killed and at least 20 others were injured.
The army spokesperson said the arrests came as part of a larger campaign launched by the army and police officers against what he called "terrorist" strongholds in Sinai and the Suez Canal provinces.
He said 11 more wanted men were arrested over their suspected involvement in attacks against police stations in the restive peninsula.
Twelve more suspects were arrested as they tried to break through a joint military-police checkpoint on the Ismailia Road, the statement of the army spokesperson said.
The 12 people included seven Sinai Bedouins and two Palestinians, the statement added.