The Address | Benghazi – Libya
DERNA – The Libyan Address obtained leaks from the Libyan National Army investigations with Hisham Ashmawy, the Egyptian Islamist militant and former Egyptian army officer. Ashmawy, who was captured by LNA in Derna last month, said that al-Qaeda had cells formed within the Egyptian Army that included loyal members of the organization, some of whom held high ranks.
Ashmawy said, according to the leaks, that al-Qaeda figures recruited him since his youth when he was studying in one of the Quran learning centers in a mosque in Egypt. “Al-Qaeda figures chose me because of my intelligence, and they were the ones who prepared me to join the Egyptian army by improving my family economic and social status to meet the Egyptian army requirements. “Ashmawy added.
Ashmawy said he was influenced by the teachings of Abdullah Azzam, also known as Father of Global Jihad, adding that he was inspired by Azzam’s ideas as a Palestinian Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian and founding member of al-Qaeda.
Hisham Ashmawy admitted that he had contact with Hamas leaders when he was an officer in the Egyptian Sinai. The Egyptian government has accused Hamas of involvement in the assassination of former Attorney General Hisham Barakat, who was killed in a car bomb in June 2015. The Egyptians believe that Ashmawy was the mastermind of Barakat’s assassination before joining the ranks of Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna in Libya.
On October 8, 2018, Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA), announced the capturing of Ashmawy during a surprise operation by a unit of the 106th Mujahfal Brigade in the mountainous al-Maghar district of Derna. Other militants were also captured, as well as the family of Omar Sorour, al-Mourabitoun’s mufti who was killed earlier in June. They were later taken to a barracks in the port city.