Arrest of Egyptian militant in Libya blankets the airwaves
**# 8 The capture of wanted special forces officer-turned-Daesh terrorist Hisham El Ashmawy in Libya blanketed the airwaves last night, with everyone, from Al Hayah fi Masr (watch, runtime: 1:40) to Hona Al Asema, weighing in on the case. Libyan military spokesperson Ahmed Al Mesmari told Amr Adib on El Hekaya that Ashmawy — who is believed to be behind the deadly Wahat attack on police last year —was captured during a raid on a known terrorist hub in Derna. He was wearing an explosive vest when he was arrested, Reuters said. The raid targeted Ashmawy due to his involvement in the deaths of hundreds in Libya and the training of operatives, and came as part of a wider effort to rid the city of extremists, said Al Mesmari, who also phoned into Masaa DMC. He said the former officer is likely to be extradited to Egypt (watch here, runtime: 4:51, here, runtime: 10:47 and here, runtime: 3:30).
Ashmawy is involved in 52 cases and implicated in the deaths of over 500 people, extremist groups scholar Sameh Eid told Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 14:36). His capture is an opportunity for security forces to gather more intel about Daesh’s operations in the area, Eid added on Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 4:53). Adib referred to him as “Egypt’s Bin Laden” (watch, runtime: 1:55) and spoke to Islamic scholar Mokhtar Noah in detail about Ashmawy’s transformation from officer to operative (watch, runtime: 4:11)
The story topped coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning, with pickups from Al Arabiya and the Wall Street Journal. The National also lists Ashmawy’s “long charge sheet.”
Also on last night’s talk shows:
- Hona Al Asema drilled into the Trade Ministry’s new strategy for local industry development, about which we still know nothing other than it’s meant to help plug the trade deficit by boosting local manufacturing (watch, runtime: 14:63 and here, runtime: 15:45);
- Al Hayah fi Masr’s Kamal Mady talked to Sharqiya Governor Mamdouh Ghorab about development plans forthe governorate (watch, runtime: 25:41);
- Amr Adib interviewed Al Arabiya GM Turki Aldakhil about his opinion of Al Jazeera and its role in the ongoing spat between Qatar and its neighbors (watch, runtime: 35: 50).