Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claims responsibility for death of 6 soldiers
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A Twitter account associated with Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the murder of five border guard soldiers and one officer in the Wadi Gedid governorate after gunmen attacked a military patrol Sunday morning, Youm7 reported.

“We have frequently warned the soldiers and advised them, but they did not listen to our advice,” the message read.

The group also sent a warning to the military that they will attack Egyptian soldiers again.

“God’s enemies were deceived by the lack of holy mujahedeen operations, so the retribution came to them, just as promised. A military patrol was attacked and in a few days God’s enemies will see the biggest catastrophe,” the group stated.

Authorities responded to the attack by saying the death of the soldiers was a consequence of the government’s recent success in the area.

“The death of the six Egyptian border guards was probably a response to the success of the border guards in thwarting many attempts to undermine Egypt’s national security,” military spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali said on his official Facebook page. He added that the border guards had recently succeeded in capturing 68 smugglers and huge quantities of weapons, ammunition, vehicles and narcotics.

“These acts will not prevent the armed forces from performing their national duties, but will instead encourage them to complete their mission to secure Egypt’s national security,” Ali said.

The Twitter account affiliated with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis frequently claims responsibility for many of the deadliest attacks in Egypt, including the killings of a number of police and military personnel. They have been especially active since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi last summer. The account has also claimed responsibility for the January downing of a military helicopter in the Sinai Peninsula, and the February bombing of a tour bus that killed four, also in Sinai.

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