Egypt has arrested a terror suspect that has been linked to the September Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.
The man, Mohammad Jamal Abdo Ahmed, is the leader of an Egyptian terrorist cell that was known for planning attacks in Egypt and is linked to those who stormed the US Embassy on September 11, reports ABC News.
Ahmed led a small cell of terrorists. They worked to collect suicide vests, bombs, and grenades before their safe house was raided in late October by intelligence officials. While most of the terror cell’s suspects were Egyptians, Ahmed admitted to assisting Ansar al-Sharia — the group suspected in the Benghazi Consulate attack.
An Egyptian official has stated that Ahmed was arrested in connection with the Benghazi attack two weeks ago and Egyptian authorities are not sure how involved he may have been in the deadly attack. A US official stated that the terror suspect may have been plotting more attacks on US targets. They added that he had aspirations to join al Qaeda.
NBC News notes that a source claims Mohammad Jamal Abdo Ahmed may have had “active” relations with several radical militant groups in Iraq and Afghanistan for several year. Along with being arrested for a possible link to the Benghazi Consulate attacks, he was also detained to answer questions regarding arms trading in Egypt.
The terror suspect has not yet been charged in Egypt’s State Security Court, though that may be expected soon. US intelligence officials are hoping to question Ahmed regarding his potential involvement in the Benghazi attack. An Egyptian official has said that Ahmed will remain in their custody for at least 15 more days while they question him.