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Alexandria Church Bomber Previously Arrested for ISIS Ties: Reports

Alexandria Church Bomber Previously Arrested for ISIS Ties: Reports

Kuwaiti security sources have commented on the release of Abu Ishaq Al Masry, the suicide bomber and main suspect in St Mark’s Cathedral attack in Alexandria, months before the attack for being set free by Egyptian authorities despite his links with ISIS.

According to Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper, security sources have announced that the main suspect in the bombing of St Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria is Abu Ishaq Al Masry.

He came to Kuwait in October 2016 with a work permit as an accountant. He summoned to the Kuwaiti security apparatus based on information he has received from his Egyptian counterpart.

He went through intensive investigations for his links to ISIS. After the verification of his involvement, he was deported from the country and handed over to the Egyptian authorities. Some of his family members have been deported from Kuwait as well, according to Al-Qabas newspaper.

He was held in Egypt’s custody for investigation over his links with ISIS, but then he was released.

Security sources said that Abu Ishaq Al Masry was born in September 1990 in Menia governorate. He held a Bachelor of Commerce, and has entered Syria through Turkey in 2013, according to Al Ahram.

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