Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis vows “black Eid” on Saturday
Screen shot of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis video

CAIRO: A video allegedly from militant jihadist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) threatened attacks against the Interior Ministry and the army Saturday, the first day of Eid al-Adha, which the group vowed would be a “black Eid.”

The video starts with an Al-Qaeda black flag and a phrase reading, “You are our sacrifice this Eid.” Next, a map showing different Egyptian governorates and locations depicted with an explosion and blood graphic is shown.

“Wait for us, our Eid will be a black day for the infidel minister of interior and his assistants,” the video’s text reads.

A prolonged security campaign has been mounted against the Sinai-based ABM in light of its frequent attacks and claims of responsibility for the deaths of security officers. The group has as of late also begun releasing beheading videos, in which its victims are frequently civilians it claims have collaborated with Egyptian and Israeli authorities.

On Sept. 3, ABM posted a video of a road bomb attack on a police vehicle that killed 11 policemen.

The government in response frequently claims to have killed members of the militant group, but their claims are difficult to verify.

Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is an Islamic feast celebrated worldwide each year. It commemorates Abrahamic patriarch Abraham (Ibrahim in Arabic) and his willingness to sacrifice his son to God, an event told in Jewish and Christian traditions in the Old Testament book of Genesis, and also recorded in the Quran.

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