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Egypt arrests al-Qaeda militant previously jailed for Sadat murder

October 29, 2013

Egyptian authorities have arrested an Islamist militant jailed over the assassination of Anwar Sadat, for plotting bomb attacks on behalf of al Qaeda since his release from prison in 2012, security sources said on Tuesday.

Nabil al-Maghraby, a former naval intelligence officer who the sources said was a key al Qaeda operative, was arrested on Sunday. He has been linked to an ex-army major who tried to assassinate the interior minister in September, the sources said.

Maghraby had been released from jail after serving 31 years for taking part in the 1981 assassination of Sadat. The Egyptian leader was killed by Islamist members of the military opposed to his 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

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