An Egyptian air force fighter jet lands at an undisclosed location in Egypt following air strikes in Libya February 16, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / HO)
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In October, Emad al-Din Abdel-Hamid, a former army commando who had embraced Islamist violence, led a desert ambush against Egyptian police.Abdel-Hamid, whose group Ansar al-Islam claimed the attack and hailed him as one of their leaders, was later killed in a retaliatory airstrike. But his death has not discouraged more army officers and police from joining Ansar, three Egyptian security sources said.The three Egyptian security sources said that in recent months up to 30 more captains and lieutenants in the security forces have joined the Ansar network, which is headed by one of the country's most wanted men, former special forces officer Hisham al-Ashmawy.The Interior Ministry denied that figure the next day and said 16 police and conscripts died, including some high-ranking officers.The security sources said Ashmawy recruits selectively, usually via a network of former officers operating in small cells. But Ashmawy and Abdel-Hamid's path to Islamist militancy is familiar to military intelligence officials.
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