CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court for Urgent Matters ruled to designate the “Soldiers of Egypt” group a terrorist organization Thursday, Youm7 reported.
On April 3, Nidal Center for Rights and Freedoms head Ahmed Ibrahim filed a lawsuit to blacklist Soldiers of Egypt—a Jihadist group—as terrorists after the group claimed responsibility for Cairo University explosions that killed a police general and injured five others.
Soldiers of Egypt also claimed responsibility for an April 15 Dokki bombing near the Cairo Opera House that injured a police officer, a recruit and a civilian, and claimed responsibility on Feb. 8 for an attack on police forces in Giza that injured 65.
With its new designation, Soldiers of Egypt joins Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which was labeled a terrorist group on April 14 after numerous high-profile attacks that targeted security forces and military installations. The group was also listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. on April 9.
Attacks and bombing targeting security forces have escalated in recent months following the ouster of Islamist former President Mohamed Morsi, who belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood. That group was also designated a terrorist group by the Egyptian government on Dec. 25, 2013 after a bombing targeting Dakahlia Security Directorate killed 15 and injured more than 130.
Additional reporting by Abdel Latif Sobh.