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A deadly attack on police in Egypt's Western Desert region claimed by a new militant group risks opening up another front for security forces far beyond the remote northern Sinai, where they have battled a Daesh (ISIS) insurgency since 2014 . A group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for the Oct. 21 attack. Analysts and security sources said the heavy weapons and tactics employed indicated ties to Daesh or more likely an Al-Qaeda brigade led by Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former Egyptian special forces officer turned militant.Two security sources and a medical source said evidence showed one militant killed in a follow-up raid was a former military officer and second-in-command to Ashmawy, whose allegiance switched from Daesh in the Sinai to Al-Qaeda, and who has been based in Libya since 2014 .Prosecutors are also investigating the attack.Security sources in the Giza area said the attack may have been carried out by Ashmawy's militants.Egyptian authorities believe he fled to Libya in 2014 .
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