Egypt army hits Sinai militants; new group claims Cairo bomb

CAIRO Sat Feb 8, 2014 1:57pm EST

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CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian army said on Saturday it had killed 16 Islamists in Sinai, and a new group said it carried out a bomb attack on police in Cairo, underscoring the widening scope of militant violence since the army removed Mohamed Mursi from power.

The army said its aircraft hit radical Islamists near Sinai's border with the Gaza Strip on Friday evening. A statement described them as belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which denies government accusations it has turned to violence.

The army has been trying to wrestle control of North Sinai from armed Islamists who have turned their focus from Israel to the government since Mursi, a Brotherhood member, was deposed in July following mass protests against his rule.

The state has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group. The Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful activism.

The army said on Saturday a roadside bomb planted to target military personnel had been defused in Sinai.

While many of the attacks on the security forces have been focused in Sinai, bombings and shootings have become increasingly regular and lethal in the Nile Valley and Delta.

A statement issued by the new militant group - Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt - claimed responsibility for two bombings in Cairo that targeted the Egyptian police on Friday and vowed to carry out more attacks against the security forces.

Ajnad Misr emerged late last month, claiming responsibility for six attacks at the end of January, according to SITE. "(The security forces) are not safe from retaliation which is pursuing them," its statement said.

"Our attacks on them will continue all the while their crimes continue," the statement said.

The statement was posted on a Facebook page set up in its name and quoted by a website used by militant groups and by SITE Intelligence group, which monitors such sites.

Many of the attacks have been claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a group based in North Sinai.

The army-backed authorities have cracked down hard on Mursi's Islamist sympathizers since his removal. Hundreds of his supporters were killed during protests in the weeks after his removal and thousands more were arrested.

Several hundred members of the security forces have been killed in bombings and shootings since then.

In a raid outside Cairo, the Interior Ministry said police seized an arms cache including 10 bombs stored at an apartment by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Interior Ministry said one of the bombs seized in the raid on the apartment outside Cairo in 6th of October City, 30 km (19 miles) from the capital, weighed 25 kg (55 pounds) and was equipped with timers and remote controls. The other nine were described as primitively assembled.

A suspect had confessed to belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and said he had received the arms from a member of the group's political party, the Interior Ministry said.

The Brotherhood, most of whose leadership is in jail, has denied such accusations in the past.

(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

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chris87654 wrote:
If that religion gets any more peaceful and tolerant, I’m going to lose my lunch. It’s futile. Stay out of their affairs, guard borders, and keep their issues on their own soil.

Feb 08, 2014 2:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Madrina wrote:
Muslim Brotherhood is everywhere doing their evil doings. They will lie and deceive at all costs to further their radical Islamic “project”. They are well connected throughout many countries and have probably even infiltrated our own American sytems either through academia or the government. I am noticing a few more articles written by brotherhood sympathizers all via their roles as professors at various US universities. If they are using their roles as professors to advocate for radical Islamic means no matter how subtle it may be, I surely hope their higher ups are tellin them to cut the crap and stop writing articles using their university status as well. I could give crap about free speech when it comes to people trying to use univerisities as places to sow seeds of discord towards the US. That being said, hooray for the Egyptian army. May they continue on with seeking and finding the radical scums trying to destroy any chance for peace and balance there. I just hope that none of the arms the radicals have obtained have come from any American sources. That would really suck

Feb 08, 2014 9:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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