Egypt arrests members of Hasm Muslim Brotherhood-linked extremist cell

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Egyptian security forces managed to capture an extremist cell belonging to the Hasm movement with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, including members who were involved in the Nasr City incident which killed three policemen.

The Egyptian interior said that were able to arrest the extremists and identify the group’s officials and those responsible for the recruitment, training and financing, as well as the planning and implementation of terror operations targeting the components of the state and its security apparatus.


According to the investigation, nine members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization carried out the attack in Nasr City earlier this month. The militants drove by and shot at police stationed at an intersection of the ring road, a busy Cairo expressway, in the city's eastern neighborhood of Nasr City.

Hasm, a group that the government has tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on its official website. The Brotherhood, outlawed by the government in 2013, maintains that it is a peaceful organization.

Little is publicly known about Hasm, though it has claimed a handful of attacks over the past year including an attempt on the life of the former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa.

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