Egypt Arrests Possible Key Figure in Benghazi Attack

Followers of Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad were at the site
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 6:19 PM CST
In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, a man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

(Newser) – Egypt has made what could be a big arrest related to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, reports the Wall Street Journal. Authorities detained Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad, described as the leader of an expanding terrorist network who has been trying to establish his own wing of al-Qaeda in Egypt. US intelligence officials say some of Ahmad's operatives were at the scene of the Benghazi attack. While American intelligence apparently helped in the arrest in some way, US officials have yet to question Ahmad. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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