Sinai-based militant group owns up Egypt Police HQ attack
Hours after a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle through the Nile Delta city`s security directorate killing 15, a Sinai-based militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, reports said Wednesday.
Zee Media Bureau
Cairo: Hours after a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden vehicle through the Nile Delta city`s security directorate killing 15, a Sinai-based militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, reports said Wednesday.
Owning up the attack, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based jihadist group said that it had used a suicide car bomber for the attack that targeted Police and Army personnel, reported the state-run Ahram online.
The Sinai-based jihadist group has in past too, claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on security forces after July when the country`s former Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi was toppled in a coup.
Earlier the group has claimed responsibility for bombing near army intelligence building in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and a failure attempt to assassinate interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is believed to have ties with Palestinian militants in the neighboring Gaza Strip, and officials have said other foreign militants have found refuge in Sinai during the ongoing turmoil.
In its message, which appeared on militant websites Monday, the group said it "will be more determined to fight" the military and police if its warning is ignored. It urged them to "repent" from participating in "this infidel bastion that is at war with God and his Prophet, and stop serving in its ranks."
The suicide car bomb attack at the police headquarters on Tuesday morning injured over 150 other than killing 15 and the government had blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the act.
Egypt Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim claimed that the Brotherhood members carried out the attack in retaliation to the violent crackdown on pro-Mohamed Morsi protest camps in Cairo in August.
The Brotherhood however, denied any role in the attack.
Miffed with the attack, the residents of Mansoura city vandalised the property of a Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel-Rahman El-Bar, reported a news agency.
The attack that killed dozens was condemned by the Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi as a "terrorist attack" by Muslim Brotherhood. He said, “We won’t be lenient with anyone”.
A bunch of people gathered outside the targeted police headquarter holding anti-Brotherhood slogans and chanted slogans like - "The people want to execute the Brotherhood."
Condemning the attack, the US extended condolences to the victims` families.
"The US condemns in the strongest possible terms today`s terrorist attack on the Dakaliya security directorate in Mansoura," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.