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Sisi wants return of Egypt jihadist held in Libya

AFP  |  Cairo 

Egypt's asked Thursday for a suspected leader and former Egyptian captured this week in to be handed over to his country.

Forces of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who supports an administration vying for power with Libya's UN-backed unity government, have said they arrested on Monday in the eastern city of

"We want him to serve time in prison," Sisi said in a televised speech on the sidelines of a conference.

A for Haftar's forces, who are backed by and the United Arab Emirates, said Ashmawy was an alleged group and wanted over the attempted assassination of an ex-in September 2013.

Ashmawy left the in 2012 and joined Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, based in the eastern

He is believed to have gone to in 2013, before pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in November 2014.

He is accused of being behind attacks in Egypt's Western Desert.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 20:50 IST