CAIRO: Ansar al-Sharia Brigades in Egypt, a potentially new militant group, released a statement Monday, announcing their responsibility for assassinating 28 police officers in three governorates; Sharqia, Giza and Beni Suef.
Their statement was released on Facebook with the full names of the officers that have been murdered in the three governorates and further explained how they were murdered and where.
The statement added that 17 officers were killed in Sharqia, six others in Beni Suef and four other in Giza. It did not mention when these incidents took place.
Ansar al-Sharia attacked the police in the statement describing them as traitors and infidels, mentioning that it would begin a campaign to discipline “the traitor officers,” and targeting more officers and police patrols.
Since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 and the violent dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on August 14, 2013, police and army personnel have been targeted regularly by jihadist groups.
At first most attacks took place in the Sinai, more recently police outside the peninsula became targeted as well.
Most attacks were claimed by the Sinai-based group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, it is unclear how today’s statement from Ansar al-Sharia relates to the attacks of this other group.
There are several jihadist groups operating in the Middle East called Ansar al-Sharia, of which the most known is the one operating in Libya since 2011. It is not clear if this or other groups are related to Ansar al-Sharia Brigades in Egypt.