CAIRO: Residents of Sheikh Zuwayed, North Sinai said Tuesday they were surprised by the spread of a statement they interpreted to be inciting violence against the army and police signed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Youm7 reported.
“To our families and beloved ones in Sinai, we saw you wondering and wanted to give you answers. If you ask who we are, we are your sons, we are jihadists in the name of God from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group. We are your neighbors and relatives. We see this nation suffering and we want all good for it.” The statement read.
“To all our folks, youth, women and even children, stand with us so that we can spread God’s justice. We are not more courageous or generous than you, but there is more that you can give to the nation so if you are not with us, do not be with our enemy” the statement continued.
Security experts said that the inciting tone of the group reveals that it has become weaker.
Statements from such groups should be taken more seriously after Agnad Masr wrote a June 27 statement saying that there will be bombs in the vicinity of Ithadeya Palace.
The statement was sent to the Ministry of Interior the day it was spread, but the ministry’s leaders ignored it and stated that it’s a false threat and that they checked the palace and found nothing, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
The health ministry announced in a statement that two were killed and 13 were injured due to Ithadeya explosions on June 30.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.