By: AYA IBRAHIM
CAIRO: A Twitter account associated with the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis sent a warning Wednesday to Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt’s army and National Security authorities which said Egypt would be turned into an Islamic emirate.
A Youtube video depicting a masked person called Abou Ahmed El-Masry inside a car delivered the warning. In the video, Masry said, “to the Egyptian people … the Islamic state will enter Egypt soon.”
“Anyone who supports Sisi will fail and every soldier who continues to implement Sisi’s instructions would be killed,” Masry said in the video, adding that “Sisi’s soldiers, who did not kill today, would be killed tomorrow.”
“We have suicide bombers who could turn Egypt into hell. Our main target is killing off Sisi, the Egyptian army, the apostates and Christians of Egypt,” Masry added.
Masry stressed that “Egypt’s tyrants are just like Syria’s tyrants. Angels are fighting with us and we will not surrender, he added.
The group’s Twitter account commented on the video, asking Sisi, his soldiers and Egypt’s National Security authorities “to listen well to the video and be informed that Egypt would turn into an Islamic emirate.”
Since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 and the violent dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in on August 14, police and army personnel have been targeted regularly by militant or jihadist groups.
At first, most attacks took place in the Sinai, but recently police outside the peninsula have become targets as well.
Most attacks have been claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, however, another group called the Ansar al-Sharia Brigade claimed responsibility for assassinating a number of police officers, in a statement on Facebook that included the names of murdered officers.
There are several jihadist groups operating in the Middle East called Ansar al-Sharia, of which the most known group has been operating in Libya since 2011. It is not clear if this or the other groups are related to the Ansar al-Sharia Brigade in Egypt.
On April 14, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters designated the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a terrorist organization, obliging the Cabinet and the interim President Adly Mansour to uphold the decision.
On April 2, the British parliament approved a government motion to add Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Al-Murabitun and Ansar al-Sharia to the list of international terrorist organizations.
On April 9, the U.S. Department of State announced in a statement that Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis would be designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).