Arab News Site Claims 150 Terrorists Arrested Through Telegram

November 6, 2015

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On October 28, 2015, the Arab news website Al-Bawaba, which launched earlier this year, reported that 150 terror activists were arrested by the Egyptian military, after it had tracked their coordination using the secure messaging app Telegram.

It should be mentioned that the MEMRI JTTM team identifies numerous issues with this story – first, it refers to the terrorist activists as belonging to Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis – a name that the group no longer uses since it became ISIS Sinai after swearing fealty to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Second, the story says that the group itself announced the arrest, although MEMRI can find no record of this. Third, the story refers to the group’s leader as Abu Sayyaf Al-Masry, even though this name is not known in connection with the group.

Source: Albawabaeg.com, October 28, 2015.