East Libyan forces arrest major militant suspect wanted by Egypt

East Libyan forces on Monday captured a top suspected Egyptian militant long sought by Cairo on charges of orchestrating a deadly desert ambush on police last year and other high-profile attacks, a Libyan military spokesman said.

Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former Egyptian special forces officer, was apprehended in the city of Derna, on the coastal road about 266km (165 miles) west of Libya's border with Egypt, Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed Mismari said.

The LNA is the dominant force in Libya's east. A separate U.N.-backed government rules in the west and multiple armed groups compete for power in the country seven years after autocrat Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by rebels.

Source: National News Agency