Political condemnation for Wadi Gedid attack
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By AYA SAMIR

CAIRO: Many political figures and parties have condemned the attack on a security checkpoint Saturday afternoon in Wadi Gedid governorate that killed 22 border guards.

Amr Moussa, former head of the 50-member committee, said in a statement Sunday that Egypt is mourning for the men who were “assassinated by terrorism” while doing their job protecting the country’s stability and safety.

“Egypt never forgets its sons, as we will never forget the ones who did their best with loyalty for the sake of our homeland. May god forgive them and give us patience to bear the pain of their departure,” Moussa said.

He called for a firm punishment for whoever commits such a crime, as “Egypt is not going to stand still in front of these gangs.”

Tarek El-Kholy, the founder of the Third Republic Youth Front, issued a statement Sunday saying that the front highly condemned the terrorist attack, and that such an action is nothing but “a dying breath for the terrorist groups that target the country’s security internally and externally.”

He added in his statement that these actions are coming from groups which know nothing about Islam.  “We call on the Ministry of Interior and the armed forces to arrest the criminals as soon as possible and to protect our borders,” he said.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Sunday in a press conference at Ithadeya presidential palace that whoever committed this crime is going to be punished severely, Al-Tahrir reported.

Former military prosecutor Gen. Sayed Hashem said in statements to Sada al-Balad Sunday that whoever committed this crime is going to be judged by military justice according to the Constitution and the law.

Abdul Ghaffar Shukr, vice president of the National Council for Human Rights, said in statements to Sada al-Balad Sunday that it was important to take a firm stand against takfiri groups that smuggle weapons and “pose a risk for our security.”

Takfiri is an Arabic word that is defined literally as a Muslim who accuses other Muslims of apostasy, but in broader usage is frequently used to describe any kind of perceived Islamist or militant extremist.

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