CAIRO: Four alleged members of the Revolutionary Punishment were arrested Tuesday; three Al-Azhar University students were injured manufacturing a bomb and they led to their “funder,” a security source told Youm7.
The three students, one of whom had his hand blown off in the explosion, were allegedly manufacturing an explosive device inside their apartment in Nasr City, where there university is located.
Some residents of Nasr City reported the explosion to the police, who found the three students lying injured inside the apartment, and transferred them to a hospital. Security forces then raided the Nasr City apartment of the person accused of providing the students with explosives and money.
The Islamic University of Al-Azhar has witnessed the most heightened, and occasionally violent, anti-regime protests after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Simultaneously, Al-Azhar’s scholars and officials have been leading a campaign to eradicate extremism.
The Revolutionary Punishment
Preliminary investigations say the four men belong to Revolutionary Punishment, one of several groups that appeared a few months after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. They mainly claim responsibility for explosive devices that have killed dozens of policemen, as well as civilians.
A police report said the defendants admitted to placing a bomb under an officer’s car in Nasr City, bombing two cars in March in the embassy district, also in Nasr City, and other operations.
On Sunday, the group claimed responsibility for detonating an explosive device outside the royal palace of Princess Fawzia in Fayoum, used by the governor and visiting officials.
In a March statement, the Ministry of Interior claimed the Muslim Brotherhood creates “terrorist cells” and gives them names, such as the Revolutionary Punishment and the Popular Resistance, to claim responsibility for attacks, repelling accusation of terrorism against the Brotherhood itself.
Although dozens of military and police officers and civilians, aside from the insurgency in North Sinai, have been killed by explosive devices detonating remotely, perpetrators have occasionally fallen victims to their own bombings due to the amateurism of some of them.
Most recently, four were killed April 24 in Beni Suef, Upper Egypt, after explosives went off inside a small building they used to manufacture bombs, according to the police.
Additional reporting by Karim Sobhi