CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat referred 20 alleged members of the jihadist group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) to criminal court on charges of killing six police and the targeting of state facilities and buildings belonging to police and military forces, Youm7 reported Saturday.
Alleged group founder Mohamed Ahmed Atteya and 19 others are accused of adopting takfirist ideology, killing police and military officers and targeting public and private property, Youm7 reported. Takfiri is an Arabic word that literally describes a Muslim who accuses other Muslims of apostasy, but is often used in a wider sense to describe Islamist and jihadist extremists.
Ajnad Misr claimed responsibility for an explosion that targeted a police officer in front of his house on April 23. A bomb was planted in the police officer’s truck and went off in front of his house in 6 October City while he was en route to work. The blast led to the death of the officer and the injury of a police conscript.
Ajnad Misr said in a statement published on its Facebook page that they planted the bomb in the car despite security measures and accused the deceased officer of killing, detaining and torturing youth.
Following the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins in August 2013, attacks on security and police forces have been frequent. Several different groups have claimed responsibility for attacks on security and police personnel over the past several months.
On April 18, an explosion in Mohandiseen’s Lebanon Square killed one police officer, and on April 16 a police officer was injured in an explosion in Arish in North Sinai.
On May 22, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters declared Ajnad Misr a terrorist organization after it claimed responsibility for bombings in front of Cairo University on April 2 that left one high-ranking security officer dead and injured five other people.