UPDATE: Group claims responsibility for former Mufti’s assassination attempt in Cairo
Former Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa during a press conference at his home after assassination attempt Friday, August 5, 2016. Photo by Amr Mostafa/Youm7
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CAIRO: A group called “Hasm Movement” has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attempted assassination of Egypt’s former Mufti Ali Gomaa, in a statement circulated on Twitter.

 

Statement by Hasm Movement claiming responsibility for attempted assassination of former Mufti Ali Gomaa, Friday August 5, 2015. Source: Twitter.

Statement by Hasm Movement claiming responsibility for attempted assassination of former Mufti Ali Gomaa, Friday August 5, 2015. Source: Twitter.

 

The statement said that the attack resulted in injuring Gomaa’s guards, claiming that the presence of civilians in the scene hindered the completion of the operation.

Gomaa has made TV statements after surviving the assassination attempt Friday, saying that four terrorists opened fire at him, and that he escaped them by hiding behind the fence of a mosque, which is 40 meters away from his home in in 6 of October city, Giza.

In his remarks, Gomaa who was unharmed, insisted to give Friday sermon after the attack, vowing to keep fighting terrorists until his death. No official statements have reported any arrests to the perpetrators of Friday attack.

In its constitutive statement released in September 2014, Hasm Movement vowed to “break the military coup and retribution.”

In July 2016, the movement claimed responsibility for killing Mahmoud Abdel Hamid, the chief of Detectives of Tamiya Police station in Fayoum governorate, southwest of Cairo, and injuring his escorts.

Officials consider the movement is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood group, which has been banned and designated as terrorist group in December 2013. Many Brotherhood leading members and supporters are either in jail or at large, after the state launched an extensive crackdown against the group, blaming it for most attacks that followed Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in July 2013.

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