Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat ordered the detention of 35 individuals for 15 days pending investigation into terrorism accusations, reported state media.
The 35 men were arrested in different parts of the country, in the governorates of Damietta, Ismailia, Sohag, Beheira, and Sharqeya, reported the Ministry of Interior on Saturday. The ‘terrorist cell’ arrested in Damietta contained individuals who had travelled to Syria to “engage in the ranks of terrorist groups”. They have since returned to Egypt “pending the issuance of mandates for them to carry out hostile operations in Egypt”, said the ministry.
The Ministry of Interior and state media reported the men confessed to travelling to Turkey to enter Syria on falsified documents.