Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

Mansoura bombing, screen grab

Two controversial counter-terrorism bills are scheduled for review by the Justice Ministry, the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Monday.

In addition to the judicial review, the interim government hopes to initiate greater social dialogue around the draft laws before finalizing them, according to president’s constitutional advisor, Ali Awad Saleh.

The Cabinet has already received the State Council’s approval on the bills, but would also take into account any...

Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has declared Ansar Beit al-Maqdes a terrorist organization on Monday, state-owned Al-Ahram reported.

Since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi last July, the Sinai-based group has claimed responsibility for a number of high profile attacks, including an assassination attempt on the interior minister in September 2013, a suicide bombing of South Sinai’s security headquarters in October 2013, and an attack on the Cairo Security Directorate in January 2014...

Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

Spokesperson for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Badr Abdel Atty, said on Thursday that Egypt welcomes Washington's declaration of Ansar Beit al-Maqdes as a terrorist group and described it as a “step in the right direction.”

In an interview with London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Abdel Atty added that the ministry is in constant communication with the United States and the United Kingdom concerning international terrorism and its impacts nationally and globally....

Armed Forces in Sinai

Security forces in Qalyubiya defused a homemade bomb on Sunday, independently owned newspaper Al-Shorouk reported. The bomb was found near Abu Bakr al-Seddiq school complex in Bahteem, Shubra al-Kheima.

The bomb contained metal nails and was wired to a timer. A bomb squad searched the area for any other explosives and a security cordon was deployed around the school.

No casualties were reported.

Two military officers died last month during a raid on Arab...

Pro-Morsi protest

The Death Penalty Movement (Ei'dam) claimed responsibility on Sunday for the burning of police cars in a number of governorates across Egypt.

The movement broadcast a video showing several police cars being burned, including a car belonging to the head of the Central Security Forces in Beheira, privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The video, titled “war against the interior ministry and its leaders,” showed a number of masked young men setting cars on fire and...