35% of Egyptians think terrorist attacks politically motivated 
Egyptian security forces in North Sinai - REUTERS

CAIRO: Terrorist attacks in the Sinai have been ongoing for years, and 35 percent of Egyptians believe them to be politically motivated, The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) announced Sunday.

Another 33 percent said they believed the attacks were motivated by religious extremism.

Of the remaining respondents, 26 percent said they did not know, and 6 percent said “other reasons.”

Almost half of Egyptians (48 percent) believe that the measures taken by the government in response to the Sinai attacks are suitable, while 29% see them as unsuitable, and 23 percent said they did not know, the poll said.

The poll was conducted from Feb. 1 -2, with more than 1,024 surveyed from all over the country, Baseera head Maged Osman said Sunday.

On Jan. 29 more than 30 officers were killed in an attack in North Sinai claimed by Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, which last year announced its allegiance to the Islamic State group.


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