Suspect accused of abducting soldiers arrested

Security forces in North Sinai arrested a man believed to be involved in the kidnapping of seven Egyptian soldiers in May.

Hemdan Abu Sheta, 35, is accused of abducting the soldiers and targeting security officers and buildings, a security source revealed.

The suspect was arrested in Gesr al-Wadi in Arish. Prosecutors issued an arrest order for Abu Sheta after the overthrow of ousted President Mohamed Morsy, the source told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Monday.

Hemdan is the brother of Hamada Abu Sheta, currently imprisoned and facing a death sentence for his alleged role in an attack on Arish police station in 2011. Three policemen were killed and six others injured in the assault.

Both men are brothers of Islam and al-Sadat Abu Sheta, leaders of extremists groups in Sinai.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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