CAIRO: The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has vowed in a statement early Friday to target anyone who participates in a military project to build a new wall around the city of Arish in North Sinai.
The Second Army has begun building a new wall around Arish to isolate it in an effort to combat “terrorism,” particularly after attacks targeting the army in the Sinai, ONews Agency reported.
The Qaeda-linked group added in its Friday statement, released on jihadist forums, that it would not stand idly by during the building of the wall, adding it would not allow Gaza residents to continue to suffer.
The group warned contractors, investors, company owners and workers, saying, “We will not relent in targeting you and we will not spare effort in deterring and preventing you.”
The group said also it is in “a state of war with the army.”
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed credit in statements for a spate of attacks that rocked Egypt over the past six months, including an assassination attempt on the interior minister Sept. 5, the bombing of the Dakahlia Security Directorate Dec. 24, an explosion Jan. 24 at the Cairo Security Directorate, and an attack on a tourist bus in Taba.