Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sinai Group's Threat

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a terrorist group operating in the Sinai Peninsula, has issued a threat against tourists in Egypt:
The Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has told tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack anyone who stays in the country after a deadline of February 20.

The Sinai-based group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two South Korean tourists and an Egyptian on Sunday, made the statement on an affiliated Twitter account...

The Al Qaeda-inspired group has claimed responsibility for previous attacks but until now they have targeted primarily police and the military. The attacks have spiked after the military’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, spreading to cities of the Nile Delta and the capital, Cairo.
The group's name means "Servants of Jerusalem," and after appearing sometime after the fall of Husni Mubarak, the group attacked targets related to Israel, especially gas pipelines.  Since the coup against Muhammad Morsi, however, they have turned against the Egyptian regime, as well, on the grounds that the government is not only a friend of Israel, but an opponent of Islamists.



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