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Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claim responsibility for attack on South Sinai security directorate

An improvised explosive device was detonated at an empty government building in North Sinai on Wednesday as militant jihadist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for a recent attack on a South Sinai security directorate.

The armed forces spokesman’s office confirmed the attack occurred on Wednesday on a “government building”, denying earlier reports claiming the building was a military intelligence building. The office stressed the building was empty and no longer in use, adding that there were no injuries or fatalities.

The Armed Forces had no information regarding the perpetrators of the attack.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) published a statement on Islamist Internet forums on Wednesday claiming responsibility for an attack on the South Sinai security directorate in the town of El-Tor on the West coast of the Sinai Peninsula. The attack, which occurred on Monday morning, resulted in the death of three policemen and injured 48 others in the vicinity of the suicide car-bomb attack.

The jihadist group’s statement claimed the attack “was a blow to the heads of evil”. The group said the attack was a response to the killing of “thousands of Muslims, defenceless men, women, children and elderly” during the dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda Square in Cairo and Giza, respectively.

A series of militant attacks occurred around Egypt on Monday, including the El-Tur Security Directorate attack, leaving eight security personnel dead. The military spokesman’s office said the attacks were not related or “planned simultaneously.”

The attacks came following deadly clashes on Sunday, the 40th anniversary of the October War. The violence on the streets of Cairo and Giza resulted in over 50 deaths.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt on interim Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, although the ministry said that it doubted the group’s claim.

The armed forces spokesman’s office said that the on-going operations in the Sinai are “going well” and pointed to an operation carried out on Tuesday, which resulted in the seizure of weapons and vehicles and the arrest of “seven terrorist elements” in North Sinai.

Militant attacks on police and military targets increased since former President Morsi’s ouster on 3 July. The armed forces launched what it described as “the biggest operation to purge Sinai of terrorism” in September.

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  • Reda Sobky

    This is war against Egypt by surrogates of Hamas. I can assure you that if Hamas did not have its hand in this and instead opposed its happening, these horrible events would not happen. It is time to address Hamas directly before more Egyptian lives are lost. This is aggression towards the Egyptian people and the Egyptian army in Egyptian territory, invasion of sorts by maniacs from the North determined to make Egyptians share their fate of dislocation and loss. Egypt is intact, they wanted to divide it, Egypt is for all, they wanted to make it for one group more than others, Egypt seeks harmony, they thrive on dissonance and coercion, on and on. They miscalculated how aware and conscious people have become and their total unwillingness to trade one dictatorship for another. Hamas is a sovereign entity and needs to be treated as such because these killings and attacks are war like acts and if linked with them that would be extremely grave as an international event. Bombing the security building is the ultimate challenge to the government of Egypt…it needs to be called out…does Hamas support these acts covertly? or overtly? if so, that is extremely offensive and dangerous to all the legitimate causes that will be threatened by such a chasm between neighbors; actually it is a hostile act of the utmost severity…oh such a hassle that nobody needs to endure.

    • Charles Ramsey

      You have an explanation for everything violent don’t you?

      • Reda Sobky

        I wish I did, violence seems to be now a cool planned coordinated activity so it seems like it could have an explanation but all there is are a few clues and a chance to link them. What do you think?

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