Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis
Islamic States (IS) militants in Sinai. YOUM7 (Archive)

Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (Supporters of the Holy House) is a jihadist group which has claimed responsibility for many violent attacks in several Egyptian cities. The group was designated as terrorist organization by the U.S. government and the U.K. government in April 2014, and the Egyptian government has associated the group with the Muslim Brotherhood in many statements.

The group claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police compound in Mansoura, an assassination attempt on Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, January 2014 Cairo car bombings, and a February Taba bus bombing that killed 4 people.

Members of Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis have actively denied any affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Qaeda, in statements released by Al-Jazeera.

A Twitter account that carries the group’s name has published warnings and news about further attacks in Egypt; despite the accuracy of the information the account publishes, spokespeople of the group have also denied this account is an official mouthpiece.

A recruitment campaign in the Sinai was recently reported by the group; they have announced that they “see this nation suffering and want all good for it, ” that their main goal is to “spread God’s justice.”

The group has criticized the Brotherhood’s attempts to apply Islamic rule in Egypt, and has called current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi a “tyrant” and a “traitor” and have announced that they will continue their attacks on military and police institutions until they annihilate them and instate an “Islamic” security system instead.

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