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Monday, July 16, 2007

Egyptian authorities arrested 35 suspected members of an al-Qaeda-inspired group in April

Thirty five men who were secretly arrested in April are being investigated by the State Security Court on charges of suspected membership in an al-Qaeda-inspired group that planned to carry out attacks in Egypt, an Egyptian police official said Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

The suspects, all of whom are Egyptian, are suspected of joining a group that sought to topple the Egyptian government and carry out attacks financed by a militant organization in Iraq affiliated with al-Qaeda, said the official, who spoke on conditions of anonymity.

Police arrested the suspects after receiving a tip that the group was promoting its goals on the Internet. One of the first postings from mid-2006 praises slain al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as “the courageous leader.” The latest posting on the website included statements from militant groups claiming responsibility for attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces.

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