Ansar Beit al-Maqdes claims responsibility for Sinai attacks

Ansar Beit al-Maqdes has claimed responsibility for two attacks in South Sinai on Friday that left three dead.

In a statement on Sunday, the Sinai-based militant group said they targeted a checkpoint and a tourist bus, sending a message to the army that “we will not rest until we get retribution for Muslims’ blood.”

In the South Sinai city of Al-Tor, a suicide bomber allegedly targeted a police checkpoint stationed 5 km away from the Martyr Ahmed Hamdy Tunnel, leaving two dead and five injured. The wounded are now being treated at Al-Tor Military Hospital, reported the state-owned Al-Ahram.

A third bombing targeting a tourist bus 30 km outside of the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh killed one and injured four others, who were transferred to Al-Tor Hospital.

The group called on Egyptians to “rise up against the fascist system” and not settle for peaceful movements that have only resulted in the murder of their youth and arrest of their women.

At the end of the statement, the group reiterated its warning to Egyptians to steer clear of security and police headquarters for their safety.

Last month, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has declared Ansar Beit al-Maqdes a terrorist organization, state-owned Al-Ahram reported.

A week earlier, the US Department of State designated Ansar Beit al-Maqdes a Foreign Terrorist Organization in a statement.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdes has recently claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks, including the attack on the vital Cairo Security Directorate on January 24. The group had also claimed the deadly car bombing near the Daqahliya Security Directorate on December 24, killing a dozen people.


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