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Brotherhood allying with jihadist militants: Interior ministry

Fugitive members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood have indirectly participated in attacks taking place in Egypt, the interior ministry spokesperson says

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Mar 2015
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The Ministry of Interior's spokesperson Hany Abdel-Latif (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Ajnad Misr militant group is responsible for an attack near the Cairo High Court earlier this month which killed two civilians and injured a number of others, interior ministry spokesperson Hany Abdel-Latif said on Thursday

Abdel-Latif also blamed the militant group for other smaller attacks in Haram, Giza and Ain Shams.

In 2014, Ajnad Misr has claimed responsibility for planting bombs near the Ittihadiya presidential palace and Cairo University.

The group was designated as a terrorist organisation by an Egyptian court in May 2014.

Fugitive members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood have indirectly participated in attacks taking place in Egypt, the spokesman added.  

Investigations indicate "leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who have fled the country are changing their rhetoric and officially abandoning their commitment to peaceful movements," Abdel-Latif said.

He added that the Brotherhood has been merging with other "terrorist organisations" whose goal is to “spread chaos.”  

The interior ministry has described Ajnad Misr, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and Gamaa Islamiya as “extremist religious groups that have similar ideologies to the Brotherhood.”

These groups have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed and injured dozens of people across the country.

The spokesperson said police had [recently] arrested 108 people who have "participated in attacks on police stations, committed hostile acts and incited violence."

Islamist militant attacks against security forces sharply spiked after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Hundreds of police and army personnel, as well as suspected militants and some civilians, have been killed in violent attacks and confrontations in the last year and a half, according to official statements.

The government's crackdown on Islamists forced many leading members of the Brotherhood to seek refuge in countries such as Qatar and Turkey.

The Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly said it does not condone violence.

Recently, local and foreign business interests, including mobile phone service providers, fast food chains and banks have been targeted with small bombs, reportedly by anti-government Islamist militants.  

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Neo
21-03-2015 06:14am
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The “war on terror”
After 911 the USA embarked on a crusade to wipe out Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, with all its might and power the US still fighting the “war on terror” on more fronts and it doesn't look like it’s going to be over soon. What lesson should Egypt learn from that? If we take a military-only route to eradicate the Brotherhood, Gamaa, and other extremists, we will be fighting this for decades, at the expense of Egyptian lives and economic development. We should escalate the efforts to take the terrorists down, but we should also develop a parallel track to heal the 30% of the population still supporting the MB. This is not a defeatist agenda, succumbing to terrorists, but a realistic approach to move on with the desperately needed economic development. We had been in wars with Israel for too long, which crumbled our economy; we do not want to replace that with an endless “war on terror”.
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mkvali
20-03-2015 12:00am
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the MB fixation yet again is hilarious
why do Egyptians act like the MB were ruling egypt for the last 60 years and that the current failed state is the consequence of 60 years of MB rule! former presidents naguib nasser sadat mubarak and now sissi all of them are military men! the MB isnt able to realize anything and the proof of that is their current killing jailing and torturing of their leaders members supporters and electorate but people acccept the notion to use them as scapegoats as if blaming the 1year MB government for everything going wrong in a country is realistic and credible ! Sissi has sold every egyptian growth potential to gulf arabs and westerners so he could garner political legitimacy after his 94% election win which didn't convince the people he wanted to convince the military can't concentrate on enforcing national peace and security and governing an overpopulated country out of failed status at the same time , once civilians are left to govern their country egypt will prosper from the bottom up
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Aly Sadek - Toronto-Canada
19-03-2015 07:15pm
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Egypt...
.. Ajnad Misr, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and Gamaa Islamiya...ARE PART OF ALL THE OTHER TRASH , IN CIRCULATION ALL OVER THE ARAB WORLD..FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE GULF..
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Allen
19-03-2015 06:17pm
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The brotherhood will always remain a complete failure.
You do not win the hearts or minds of the public by killing them and destroying their property. The more they resort to violence the more they become the despised vile group that is hounded out from every facet of Egyptian life.
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