Interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif announced on Saturday that security forces have dismantled five militant cells in different parts of the country. One cell was based in the governorate of Damietta and included individuals who had previously fought in Syria, where they learned how to assemble explosive devices, said the statement.
Security forces dismantled four more cells, in Ismailia, Sohag, Bahreya, and Sharqeya. A total of 34 individuals were arrested. They were found in possession of explosives, firearms, and large amounts of chemicals and tools that could be used to assemble homemade bombs. Some of the arrested militants were linked to past attacks and bombings, against both security forces and civilians, according to the statement.