A Jihadist group that murdered 26 people and injured a further 60 this morning in combined bomb and mortar attacks has declared its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The extremist group used Twitter to announce in Arabic that IS promised “a new dawn raising the banner of monotheism”, the BBC report.
The group has previously denied allying itself with IS but have now said the attacks were “an extensive simultaneous offensive for the soldiers of the caliphate”. A car bomb was detonated outside a military base while mortars were simultaneously fired at the stronghold, causing serious damage to buildings and burying soldiers under the fallen masonry.
Egypt has been plagued by attacks and fractured groups since the military overthrew the Islamic President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013. His downfall encouraged militants to step up the violence on Egyptian security forces.
The latest pledge of loyalty by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is a worrying sign of the growing appeal the terrorist jihadist group has with other militant groups.
Last month, dozens of troops were killed in an attack on an army checkpoint in the same region, although no group claimed responsibility. But it led President Abdel Farrah as-Sisi to give the military extra powers in order to combat the militant groups in the peninsular.
The group has called on Egyptians to rise up against President Sisi, who led the overthrow of previous President Morsi who was accused of trying to organise an ‘Islamic coup’ whilst in office, giving himself huge swathes of power including over the judiciary.