Egyptian police arrested an Egyptian-born American citizen in the capital Cairo on Thursday, according to the official MENA news agency.
The arrest came two days after a deadly attack on a medical center in Cairo, where the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in recent months, including one in which a police officer was killed and four wounded.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry confirmed the arrest of Khaled El-Mansour, 26, of New York, in the western Cairo neighborhood of Kufr el-Hawa.
He was being held on charges of “attempting to establish a terrorist organization” and attempting to commit “terrorism-related crimes,” MENA reported.
The statement did not provide further details.
El-Minsour was arrested in October at the airport of the southern port city of Alexandria.
Egypt’s top counterterrorism official, General Ahmed el-Moualei, said in a statement published on Thursday that the Egyptian security services are targeting all of the Islamic State’s branches in the country, and that the security forces have foiled a series a plots against Egyptian targets.
Egypt has been battling a series on Islamic State in Sinai since March, when the militants overran the Egyptian-administered Sinai Peninsula.
On March 1, ISIL killed at least 29 people at a checkpoint in the southern city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
On April 12, Egyptian security forces stormed a building in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and killed four ISIL members who were trying to flee the country after the raid, according the MENA report.
In October, a suicide bomber killed at a military training camp in Cairo and wounded 14 others.