CAIRO: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the Sinai-based militant group, claimed responsibility for two Friday bombings that took place in Tur Sinai, the capital of the South Sinai Governorate, in a Sunday statement on the Shumookh El-Islam website.
In the attack, two militants detonated suicide bombs in front of a tourist bus and a security checkpoint. Al-Masry Al-Youm reported the attack killed one soldier and injured ten others.
The militant group warned Egypt’s army and national security authorities that it would avenge the “murder of jihadists” in the Sinai Peninsula, according to the Shumookh El-Islam posting.
The group also called on Egyptians to revolt against the current “evil” regime and to avenge the murder of protesters. It added in its statement that peaceful demonstrations have not achieved any of their goals.
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb denounced Friday’s attacks, and said Egyptians should confront the violence and take decisive actions against terrorists, Youm7 reported.
Following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 and the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on August 14, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis became active in the Sinai. They have since perpetrated attacks against Egyptian police, military and civilian targets.
In February, the group claimed responsibility for the bombing of a bus in Taba near the Israeli border. Seventeen tourists and an Egyptian driver were killed in the incident.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Ismael and Kamel Kamel