Report: Hamas Members Arrested in Attack on Egyptian Police
Egyptian authorities reportedly have arrested 11 people suspected of killing 25 Egyptian police officers in an ambush last week. Five of the suspects are Hamas members, the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat reports.
The arrests took place several days ago but were kept secret for security reasons, the newspaper reported. Three foreign nationals were among the suspects.
A Hamas spokesman denied the allegation, calling it part of an Egyptian campaign to delegitimize the group and justify Egypt’s recent closing of smuggling tunnels into Hamas-run Gaza.
The 25 police officers were shot “execution style” while riding in two mini-buses in the northern Sinai. The attack came after the Egyptian army’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood encampments left hundreds dead. The Asharq Al-Awsat report is based on an unnamed source.
It marks the latest example of Egyptian officials linking Hamas to attacks within Egypt since the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, last month. Officials charged Morsi with involvement in a 2011 jailbreak they allege was orchestrated by Hamas.
The attack freed 30 Muslim Brotherhood members and left 14 security officers dead.