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Conflicting Reports Emerge over Ashmawy’s Execution in Egypt

Conflicting Reports Emerge over Ashmawy’s Execution in Egypt

Monday, 24 February, 2020 - 09:30
Hisham al-Ashmawy after his capture by the Libyan National Army. (AFP)
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Conflicting reports emerged on Monday over the execution of terrorist Hisham al-Ashmawy.

His family was not been formally notified about his execution on Monday, his lawyer Khaled El-Masry told Reuters.

"I think the media reports about his execution are not true especially after the media websites removed the reports," said Masry.

Earlier, the online website of state news paper al-Ahram, and the private pro-government al-Shorouk and al-Watan dailies reported Ashmawy had been executed but later removed their reports from their websites.

Three security sources had also said Ashmawy, who has been described as the country's most dangerous militant, had been executed.

An Egyptian military source, who asked not to be named, however told Reuters the reports were not true.

Ashmawy is accused of orchestrating several attacks.

Ashmawy was returned to Cairo in May last year after his capture in 2018 by the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the city of Derna, eastern Libya.

He was convicted on several charges including plotting a 2014 attack that killed 22 military guards near the frontier with Libya, and involvement in an attempt to kill a former interior minister in 2013, a military statement said.

The former special forces officer, who is in his 40s, was dismissed in 2012 over his radical views.

He joined Ansar Beit al-Maqdis based in the restive Sinai of eastern Egypt but broke off after the group pledged allegiance to the ISIS group in November 2014.

Known by his nom de guerre "Abu Omar al-Muhajir", Ashmawy announced the formation of an al-Qaeda-aligned group, Al-Mourabitoun in Libya, in July 2015.

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