CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood affiliates were behind the burning of two cars belonging to the Saudi Consulate in Suez early Friday morning, Suez Security Chief Tarek al-Gazzar said according to ONTV Live.
The Saudi diplomats’ cars were set on fire by masked men using Molotov cocktails. The suspects were not arrested and no deaths or injuries were reported, according to Gazzar.
Meanwhile, Al-Wafd news website reported that Suez prosecution investigations revealed that four people committed the crime using a car and a motorcycle.
Al-Wafd also said that according to its interviews with eyewitnesses heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, the cars were parked under the building where a couple of Saudi diplomats reside, and it took less than 30 seconds for the men to execute their operation, as the neighbors who witnessed the incident were scared to fight them.
“It’s a shame that the building has no security,” one of the eyewitnesses reportedly told Al-Wafd Friday.
On a further note, Al-Mogaz news stated that authorities blamed the incident on one of the MB-affiliated group in Suez called the “Hasm Movement,” whose founder Ahmed Radwan was denied a request to be released from jail in July by the Court of Appeals in Suez, according to Al-Watan news.
“Hasm” is an Arabic word meaning “decisive.” According to several Facebook pages using the same name, the movement speaks of resistance to the “military coup” in reference to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, and calls for escalation against policemen.