CAIRO: Ajnad Misr and another extremist group claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed an officer who was defusing it in the Talbia district in Giza, captured in a video Tuesday.
Ajnad Misr claimed it did not make the bomb with shrapnel in order to avoid injuring passersby; three civilians were, however, injured in the bombing. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization in Egypt and the U.S.
“[The police] tampered with our [explosive] devices after they neutralized some of them; most recently the device that targeted their officers near Radobis Cinema in Haram Street,” Ajnad Misr tweeted Tuesday.
The “Giza Popular Resistance” Facebook page also claimed responsibility for the attack.
“This is a message to the dog Ahmed al-Walili, the first one responsible for torturing detainees and implicated in the bloodshed of revolutionaries. Enjoy your life as you wish, your days in this life are numbered. You will not avail yourself of guards and forces. We will reach you in your own home, and are monitoring your movements. Remember Captain Mohamed al-Ashry,” Giza Popular Resistance wrote Tuesday.
Ashri was shot twice by an unknown person in Haram Street in November, but he survived the assassination attempt. Both Ashry and Walili work at Talbia police station.
The busy neighborhood of Haram, where Talbia lies, has been the home of several minor bombings, road blocking, and protests. On Jan. 02, two bombs were defused outside a movie theater and a shopping mall in Haram Street.
The Giza Popular Resistance has posted several videos of its members blocking roads by firing oil across streets and torching police vehicles. It claimed responsibility for a minor explosion that injured two passersby outside a shopping mall on Haram Street Dec. 31, 2014, as well as several other homemade explosive devices.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Interior announced it had arrested three administrators of dozens of Facebook pages that post detailed information on police officers and incite attacks against them, as well as videos and pictures of arson on streets, police vehicles and state-owned buildings.
Mohamed Omran, 21, was one of those arrested. He had created the Facebook page of Popular Resistance Brigades in Egypt, which no longer exists. The page had claimed responsibility for several incidents of arson with pictures and videos.
The Ministry of Interior previously announced it monitors social networks to track extremists who incite violence, but activists and social media users criticized the monitoring because it “breaches privacy.”
Hundreds of policemen have been killed and hundreds of improvised explosive devices have struck Egypt since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. On Jan. 2, a factory used for manufacturing bombs was seized.