France probes 'terrorists' arrested in Egypt

5th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 5, 2006 (AFP) - French authorities said Tuesday they have opened an inquiry into the case of nine French citizens arrested in Egypt on suspicion of belonging to an international terrorist group.

PARIS, Dec 5, 2006 (AFP) - French authorities said Tuesday they have opened an inquiry into the case of nine French citizens arrested in Egypt on suspicion of belonging to an international terrorist group.

The anti-terrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office said the nine were likely to be deported within days.

Few details were immediately available on the nine, who remained in Egyptian custody.

An Egyptian interior ministry statement issued Monday said the French nationals were arrested along with other foreigners from Belgium, Syria, Tunisia and the United States last month.

They were suspected of having links to terror groups recruiting Islamists for "jihad" in Iraq.

"The investigation revealed that these people were seeking to recruit more elements, convert them to their destructive doctrine, incite them to jihad (holy war) and encourage them to travel to Iraq via third countries to carry out operations," the Egyptian statement said.

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