Egyptian Ministry of Interior forces killed an alleged Ansar Beit al-Maqdis leader during an attempt to arrest him in al-Marg neighbourhood in Cairo, according to a ministry statement.
The public prosecution was informed of the incident and sent an investigation team.
The statement added that police forces were monitoring Ashraf Ali el-Gharably in Cairo, and then prepared ambushes to arrest him.
According to the statement, el-Gharably tried to escape by shooting at police officials who arrived to arrest him, forcing an exchange fire, which resulted in his death.
The interior ministry said El-Gharably led Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, now known as “State of Sinai”, in Cairo and the Baharia Oasis. It also accused him of being responsible for an assassination attempt against former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, attacking several army checkpoints in al-Farafrah and Musturud, and attacking both Cairo and Daqahliya security buildings with car bombs.
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