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Three Al Qaeda militants have been arrested in Egypt for planning a suicide attack on a foreign embassy.
Egypt police arrested three members of an Al Quada-linked cell who were planning a suicide bombing on a foreign embassy.
The country's interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, said Saturday "police have delivered a successful blow against a terror cell plotting suicide bomb attacks," AFP reported.
Ibrahim said at a press conference the attack was in its final stages, but he would not identify the embassy. Other sites were also being targeted.
"The Interior Ministry was able to direct a qualitative blow to a terrorist cell that was planning suicide operations against vital, important and foreign facilities in the country," he said, Reuters reported.
He said three men, described as jihadists, were arrested with 22lbs of explosive material, a computer with files containing information on bomb-making and a flash memory with instructions on how to construct rockets.
The militants had been in contact with an Al-Qaeda leader outside Egypt, BBC News reported.
Mr Ibrahim gave the names of three men and said they were planning attacks in both Cairo and Alexandria.