Tag Archives: Hisham al-Ashmawy

Libyan forces capture Egyptian jihadist al-Ashmawy


Security forces in Libya have captured one of Egypt’s most wanted jihadists during an operation in the eastern port city of Darnah.

Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former army officer, is accused of being behind several deadly attacks in Egypt and an attempt against a top state official.

He had a suicide vest strapped on, said the Libyan National Army, which controls much of eastern Libya.

Libya has been unstable since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

His 40-year rule ended when he was ousted and killed by rebels during the so-called Arab Spring protests.

Advertisements