CAIRO: “Democracy is blasphemy and what is happening now in Egypt is a war on God, ” said member of Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Abou Ahmed el-Masry in a recording posted by a Twitter account associated with the group Thursday.
In the recording, Masry is heard to say, “We are adopting the doctrine of Sunnis and community, as we permit what God permits and forbid what God forbids in his holy book.”
“We should avoid democracy, as it demolishes Islam,” Masry said, adding “the group’s members are being prepared financially, religiously and organizationally for jihad against the infidels and the polytheists who always fight God.”
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, police and army personnel have been targeted regularly by militant or jihadist groups.
At first, most attacks took place in the Sinai, but recently police outside the peninsula have become targets as well.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for many of the Sinai attacks, however another group called the Ansar al-Sharia Brigade claimed responsibility for assassinating a number of police officers, in a statement on Facebook that included the names of murdered officers.
On April 14, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters designated the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a terrorist organization, obliging the Cabinet and the interim President Adly Mansour to uphold the decision.
“We have suicide bombers who could turn Egypt into hell. Our main target is killing off Sisi, the Egyptian army, the apostates and Christians of Egypt,” Masry said in a Youtube video posted on the same Twitter account April 30.
On April 2, the British parliament approved a government motion to add Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Al-Murabitun and Ansar al-Sharia to the list of international terrorist organizations.
On April 9, the U.S. Department of State announced in a statement that Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis would be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).