Egypt's president wants Libya to hand over captured militant

CAIRO — Egypt's president says he wants a prominent militant captured in Libya this week extradited so that he can be "held accountable."

Thursday's comments by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were the first official word in Egypt on the capture of Hisham el-Ashmawi by a self-styled Libyan military force allied with Egypt.

article continues below

El-Ashmawi was captured in the city of Derna, a longtime militant bastion. He is the prime suspect in a series of high-profile terror attacks in Egypt, including a 2013 attempted assassination of Egypt's interior minister at the time.

El-Sissi said: "We want him so we can hold him accountable."

Libya's chaos has enabled the rise of Islamic militants. A 2015 audio recording attributed el-Ashmawi has him proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State group's rival, al-Qaida, led by Egyptian militant Ayman al-Zawahri.

Read Related Topics

© 2018 Delta Optimist
  • SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Opinion POLL

Christmas is almost here. What's your favourite part of the holiday season?

or  view results

Popular Delta Optimist

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!