Egypt arrests four suspected of recruiting for IS
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Egypt arrests four suspected of recruiting for IS

Men reportedly confess to sending young fighters to join Islamic State in Syria

This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, shows fighters from Islamic State during a parade in Raqqa, Syria (photo credit: AP)
This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, shows fighters from Islamic State during a parade in Raqqa, Syria (photo credit: AP)

CAIRO — Egypt’s state news agency says security forces have arrested four suspected members of a terror cell recruiting fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria.

The MENA news agency reported on Sunday that the four suspects, all of Egyptian nationality, were arrested in the Suez Canal city of Port Said.

The report quotes a senior local security official as saying the four confessed to recruiting young fighters to join the Islamic State group in Syria. The agency says that according to the men’s confessions, another four Egyptians, also members of the cell, are already in Syria.

Many Egyptians have traveled to Syria to join various rebel groups — including al-Qaida and extremist factions such as the Islamic State group.

Egypt is also battling its own militant insurgency, mostly in Sinai.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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