Middle East Updates / Egyptian jihadi group claims responsibility for Cairo bombing

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Sunday’s bomb close to Foreign Ministry killed two senior police officers, wounded several others; ‘Soldiers of Egypt’ group vows to continue attacks until ‘ruling tyrants fall and God’s Shariah is established.’

9:29 A.M. An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bomb blast in a busy downtown Cairo street near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior police officers and wounded several other policemen.

Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, which has claimed previous attacks on police, said in a statement posted late Sunday on its Twitter account and on a militant website that it had used an explosive device on “officers of the criminal apparatus” as part of its campaign against security forces. It said the attacks will not stop until “the ruling tyrants fall and God’s Shariah is established.”

Similar attacks have intensified since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi more than one year ago. (AP)

7:08 A.M. Islamic State called on insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and to continue beheadings, an appeal likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups. Egyptian officials, including the foreign minister, have acknowledged coordination between the two groups but have said there are no IS fighters in the country. Islamic State controls swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria where it has proclaimed a caliphate. Egypt has faced an Islamist insurgency since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year.

“Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure”; IS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in a statement released online. He praised Egyptian militants for carrying out “blessed operations against the guards of the Jews, the soldiers of Sisi, the new Pharaoh of Egypt.” (Reuters)

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