Libyan commander hands over prominent extremist to Egypt

El-Ashmawi is wanted in several attacks in Egypt, including a 2013 attempted assassination on the interior minister.
Wednesday 29/05/2019
Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. (AFP)
Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. (AFP)

CAIRO - Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli say they have handed over to Egypt a prominent Egyptian Islamic extremist captured last October.

Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field marshal Khalifa Haftar said on its Facebook page late Tuesday that Hisham el-Ashmawi was returned to his home country.

El-Ashmawi is wanted in several attacks in Egypt, including a 2013 attempted assassination on the interior minister.

The development follows a recent meeting between Hafter and Egypt's intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The city serves as Haftar's base.

Egyptian TV networks aired footage of el-Ashmawi, a former army officer, landing on a military aircraft early Wednesday in Egypt.

Libya's turmoil following the 2011 toppling and killing of Muammar Qaddafi enabled the rise of Islamic militants.

(Associated Press)