Back to the complete issue
Tuesday, 9 October 2018

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:

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Etisalat Misr (tax ID: 235-071-579), the leading telecoms provider in Egypt; and Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt.