Egypt’s Prosecutor General Nabil Sadiq issued an international order to Interpol to arrest three Libyan Islamic State (IS) terrorists accused of collaborating with an Egyptian suspect in gathering information, kidnapping Egyptians working in Libya and demanding a ransom.
The Supreme State Security Prosecution had earlier launched investigations into security information that the suspect, Mohammed Ragab Abdel Wahid Hassan, was collaborating with the IS in Libya.
The information suggested that Hassan has participated and agreed with Libyans IS members Emad Eddin Ahmed Abdel Salam al-Warfali, Ayyad Ahmed Abdel Salam al-Warfali and Moftah Ahmed Abdel Salam al-Warfali to collect information about the Egyptians working in Libya and kidnap some of them, while demanding ransoms from their relatives to support their organization.
The interrogation revealed the suspect has been visiting Libya for work since the outbreak of the Libyan events and that he has connections with the armed groups and militias of the IS, including the three Libyan suspects.
Investigations also found that the suspect was part of an organized group in the field of human trafficking and smuggling illegal immigrants into Libya. The investigations revealed that within 2017, the suspect provided IS with information about some of the Egyptians working in Libya and their places of residence. Upon this information, IS terrorists kidnapped the Egyptian workers.
The Egyptian suspect also took over the responsibility of receiving money from the relatives of the kidnapped and transferred it to IS members in Libya.
The Supreme State Security Prosecution is continuing its investigations into the case.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm