CAIRO: Younis Makhioun, head of the Salafist Nour Party, criticized on Sunday al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri for an April 18 recording in which he attacked the Nour Party and Yasser Borhamy, deputy head of the Salafist Call, Youm7 reported.
“The Nour Party holds a deception campaign seeking to show the constitution of 2014 as the best constitution of Egypt,” Zawahri said.
The al-Qaeda leader also claimed that the Nour Party is working for the favor of the United States, adding that “they are not Salafist.”
In response, Makhioun said, “Zawahri’s attack on the Nour Party is like a testimony that proves we are moving in the right way,” Youm7 reported. He also said the articles related to Islamic Sharia in the new constitution are an improvement over the constitution approved under the rule of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
Zawahri also praised in his message recent armed operations conducted against military and police forces in Egypt. Following the ouster of Morsi and the dispersal of the Rabaa and Nahda square sit-ins of his supporters on August 14, Egypt has witnessed frequent attacks in the Sinai and other governorates.
Dar al-Ifta of Egypt, the main authority for issuing religious verdicts, denounced on Sunday a call by an al-Qaeda leader for attacks targeting security forces in Egypt, MENA reported.
In a statement, Dar al-Ifta warned against killing or inciting to kill innocent people or police and army members, Bawabat Al Qahira reported.
The Sinai-based Takfiri militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is the prime suspect behind major bomb explosions at security directorates, checkpoints, and police stations in Egypt.
The group claimed responsibility for a January 24 explosion at the Cairo Security Directorate, the Sept. 5, 2013, assassination attempt on Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, as well as the Dec. 24, 2013, bombing of the Dakhalia Security Directorate that left at least 15 dead and 130 injured, in addition to other attacks.
Government sources said Saturday that several coded messages had been monitored between Zawahri, fugitive Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahmoud Ezzat, and a number of Takfiri leaders in North Sinai, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
Security forces reportedly detained militants in Rafah who possessed two coded letters promising supplies of weapons and money to “terrorists,” and the people who must be targeted during the upcoming presidential elections, sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Additional reporting by Kamel Kamel.