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Friday, February 11, 2011     FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Top Hizbullah agent and 17,000 other inmates break out of Egyptian prison

NICOSIA — A senior Hizbullah operative, convicted of establishing an operational cell, has escaped Egypt.


Hizbullah did not provide information on the other 25 members of the cell convicted in Egypt. Hamas has said that some of its operatives also escaped Egyptian detention.

In all, about 17,000 inmates were said to have escaped prisons throughout the country.

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Hizbullah said Sami Shihab broke out of an Egyptian prison amid the opposition campaign to topple President Hosni Mubarak, Middle East Newsline reported. Shihab was convicted of establishing a Hizbullah network that planned attacks throughout Egypt.

"He has left an Egyptian prison and is now safe and secure," Hizbullah spokesman Mahmoud Qamati said.

Qamati, a member of the Hizbullah Political Council, said Shihab escaped along with thousands of other inmates. Qamati did not say where Shihab, who had been sentenced in Egypt to 15 years, was hiding.

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