A senior police officer was assassinated in Cairo, and another officer died in a clash with militants near Alexandria. The Pentagon plans to deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt to help “counter extremists who threaten US, Egyptian, and Israeli security.”
Meanwhile, in an audio message leaked yesterday, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri said that the “Americanized” Egyptian army should be fought.
Ajnad Misr has taken credit for at least 11 attacks since November, according to a tally maintained by The Long War Journal.
Ajnad Misr stated that its fighters delayed the detonation of the third bomb due to the crowd of civilians in the area. The group also said it has canceled operations in the past that it believed would have harmed civilians.
If al Taliawi is a member of Ansar Jerusalem and did indeed fight in Syria, he would be the third member of the group to have done so.
‘Volunteer jihadists’ pose security dilemma in Egypt
The army spokesman did not identify the 16 suspect militants, but some reports have suggested that members of Ansar Jerusalem were targeted. In Cairo, authorities continued to search for the perpetrators of yesterday’s bombing.
This was the first claimed attack by the group since Jan. 24. Ajnad Misr, like Ansar Jerusalem, called on those serving in the security services to defect.