2 injuries in possible Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis explosion
YOUM7/Kareem Abdulkareem

GIZA, Egypt: Two persons were injured in a gas cylinder explosion in Baragil, Giza Friday, announced the Ministry of Health, reported Youm7.

A Twitter account claiming association with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, @ansar_almakdis,  said the group was responsible for the explosion.

“Our war with the regime will not make us forget the economic war. Baragil warehouse was exploded and incurred huge losses without hurting a single Muslim… wait for more” the tweet said.

An eye-witness told Youm7 that six masked men were responsible for the explosion in Baragil. He said they set fire in car tires and threw them under a car loaded with gas cylinders just outside the warehouse, which set the car alight, leading to the explosion, which ignited five other adjacent cars.

The head of Giza Civil Protection Gamal Abdel Moniem said that firemen controlled the fire, and the losses are five cars and more than 3,000 gas cylinders, according to Youm7.

The Egyptian Patriotic Movement Party described the attack that targeted the gas cylinder warehouse as a “cowardly terrorist attack.”

The deputy head of the party Yehia Kadry said in a press statement on Friday that it is “clear that terrorist groups live in panic” from security hits to them and they are “behaving insanely because they know they will not last long in Egypt.”

The same Twitter account has also claimed Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis’ responsibility for the explosion at the Daqahlia Security Directorate on Dec. 24 2013, which lead to 14 dead and over 130 injured.

The group is also allegedly responsible for an explosion outside the Cairo Security Directorate, which also damaged the facade of the Islamic Art Museum.

Additional reporting by Dana al-Hadidi, Ahmed Abdel Reheem, Mohamed Sharkawy, Mahmoud Osman, Medhar Wahba and Hazem Meqled.

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