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Egypt nabs terror suspect linked to Benghazi attack
2012-12-09
[Al Ahram] Egyptian authorities have enjugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a suspected terror network ringleader whose operatives are believed to have carried out a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya, a report said Friday.

Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad -- a former member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, who was freed from prison in March 2011 following the ouster of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
-- was captured in the past week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed US officials.

When asked about the report, one US official confirmed to AFP that Ahmad were tossed into the calaboose, without providing further details.

US intelligence played a role in the detention, one official told the Journal. It was not immediately clear where or how the suspect -- who is thought to be about 45 years old -- was caught.

The US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed in the September 11 assault on the US mission in Benghazi.

Since his release from prison, Ahmad has been assembling a team of operatives, with training camps in Libya and Egypt, and he has received funding from Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, the Wall Street Journal said.

Egypt has yet to announce Ahmad's capture. US officials have not yet been able to question the suspect, the report said.
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