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Egypt detains 14 members of the terrorist Hasm movement. (Reuters)

Egypt announced on Saturday the arrest of 14 members of the terrorist Hasm organization.

The Interior Ministry said that the detainees include one of its leaders in the Menoufiya province in the Nile Delta region.

They were planning on carrying out several terrorist attacks, said the ministry in a statement on its Facebook page.

The arrests were made following information received by the national security that said that the Hasm leaders had tasked the group’s members in Menoufiya to reactivate armed operations and prepare terrorist attacks in order to destabilize the country.

Leading member of the group Sami Abdulhamid Abdulaal was arrested in the consequent security operation.

Authorities also succeeded in unearthing the locations of various Hasm cells, detaining 13 terrorists.

The Hasm movement had announced its responsibility for the murder of several Egyptian policemen in the past few months.

The police in return announced that a number of members of the terror group were killed in various security raids throughout the country.