CAIRO: The Twitter account associated with the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis sent a warning Friday to Egyptians; “there will be a decisive battle between faith and disbelief if Sisi continues to rule Egypt.”
“The security forces is about to increase the strict security measures to secure Cairo’s entrances and exits, which connected it to other governorates following the group’s threats,” a security source told Youm7 Friday.
“Ambushes will be deployed all over Cairo and all vital facilities, which are expected to be under attack by elements of the terrorist group, will also be secured,” the source added.
Commenting on the group’s statement, Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi, former Foreign Minister and head of the Egyptian Congress Party, said they are not able to do anything effectively and that “they are acting childish.”
“Egypt is ready for any terrorist battle as well as for battling the group itself,” Orabi added.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is an “unsuccessful” and “fugitive” group, stressing that they will not succeed in attacking Egypt after the arrest of most of its members, Islamic thinker and former member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Kamal el-Helbawy recently said in an interview on Mehwar channel.
Helbawy said the group’s supporters have nothing to do now since they failed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Egypt will be the tombs for this group,” Helbawy said.
Since the ousting 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. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for many of the Sinai attacks.
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,” Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis member Abou Ahmed el-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).