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Egyptian interior minister accuses Hamas of supporting Mansoura attackers
A Muslim Brotherhood member has admitted to receiving military training from Hamas in the Gaza Strip and to attacking protesters in Mansoura, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim says
Ahram Online, Thursday 2 Jan 2014
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Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim (Photo: AP)

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has accused Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas of providing logistical support to terrorists who killed 16 people and injured more than 130 in Mansoura on 24 December 2013.

Ibrahim, who spoke to reporters at a press conference on Thursday, also claimed a Muslim Brotherhood member had admitted to involvement in various crimes in Mansoura and to having links with Hamas.

The Brotherhood was last week officially designated a terrorist group by the Egyptian authorities.

According to Ibrahim, Amer Mosaad, a 30-year-old commerce faculty graduate who "belongs to the Brotherhood," has admitted entering the Gaza Strip via tunnels with Ahmed El-Sayed and Mohamed Ahmed, who are also Brotherhood members, as well as a Palestinian, Mohamed Mahmoud.

Mosaad has admitted receiving weapons training in Gaza, Ibrahim added. He has also admitted committing violent crimes, including opening fire at citizens during protests and other incidents in Mansoura, killing at least one. Brotherhood members Mohamed Ahmed and Ali El-Derini had similarly used firearms, Mosaad added

Ibrahim said that the Brotherhood had expanded its presence under Morsi and had "communicated with its extremist allies in order to execute its aggressive plans."

Assailants communicated with Gaza-based Hamas, which is an ideological offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, for help and support ahead of the Mansoura bombing, Ibrahim added.

Almost two weeks ago, a suicide car bomb exploded near the security directorate in the Nile Delta's Mansoura, partially damaging the building, a near-by bank, theatre and the city council building.

Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit El-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has claimed responsibility for other attacks, including an assassination attempt on the interior minister in September.

Ibrahim said the leader of the group in Egypt was Tawfiq Mohamed Freig, also known as Abou Abdullah.

The group robbed Christian-owned jewelry shops to fund the attack, Ibrahim added.

Hamas has denied any links to attacks in Egypt. The allegations are "false and unfounded," and are meant to "drag our name" into the violence, the group said on Thursday.

"The accusations of invovelment in the Mansoura bombing are an attempt to export the internal Egyptian crisis," Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu-Zuhri said via his Facebook page.

Moreover, Ibrahim said militants had penetrated the security services during Morsi's one-year rule, but denied Daqahliya security directorate leaders were complicit in the attack.

Morsi faced criticism while in office for allegedly giving a free hand to militants in the Sinai Peninsula and allying with them. Among other charges, Morsi is to stand trial for collaborating with Hamas and Hezbollah against Egypt.

"Brotherhood allied with the extremist groups during Morsi's one-year-rule," Ibrahim alleged.

Tension is growing before a constitution referendum considered a key milestone in the roadmap adopted by the interim authorities after Morsi's ouster in July.

Ibrahim warned of tightened security measures during the referendum on 14/15 January to protect polling stations and security buildings from terrorist attacks.

"We are determined to confront the terrorist groups and protect the roadmap adopted by the people," Ibrahim said.

A pattern of bombings and assassination attempts has been growing since Morsi's ouster. Police and military installations in the Sinai Peninsula have been the main targets. There have also been an increasing number of attacks in Cairo and the Nile Delta region. Some attacks took place during Morsi's rule, including the killing of 16 soldiers near the border with Gaza.

"This is all happening to return Morsi [to the presidency]. Ask yourselves why this was not happening during his rule?" Ibrahim said.

 


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Allen
03-01-2014 08:40pm
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Hate to burst your bubble Muslim brotherhood followers....BUT...
Even you don't believe the pure nonsense you are drivelling insesantly... Let's face it, your specialty is terrorism, not convincing anyone for anything you stand for.
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Reason
03-01-2014 11:59am
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I see I missed text in previous posting. Before army took control approx. 40 decades ago, egypt economy equaled south Korea, now thanks to west/saudi/Israël axis of death and terror economy equals north Korea. In a sound and flourishing democracy only placy for the army are the baracks. Countries like Iran, India, China are exploring space, but we arabs are made begraas and servants werving their masters in ressorts selling our history. Get rid of the 21 headed army snakes, get rid of salafi leadership who abide to saudi regime which harbors anti islam warcriminals like tunesian dictator ben Ali. It will take time, but when democracy is restored, economy reformed all egyptians will prosper and lead the arab world. Saudi regime and gulfstates do not deserve the oil of our ummah. Oil should be in the hands of the ummah and not in the hand of corrupt leaders who make the west strong instead of our ummah of 1.5 billion muslims.
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Um-Zienab, Cairo
03-01-2014 04:40am
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Facts about Hamas
Hamas leaders are illegal/weapon smugglers. They hijacked Gaza from us under the false banner of Islam and western false democracy. Get them ou . Allah Kabeer.
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Farhan
03-01-2014 02:12am
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Ibrahim is the biggest terrorist of world right now.
He has thousands of innocent Egyptians.
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This Nazi is responsible for Mansoura attack.
02-01-2014 11:11pm
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He himself staged the attack for banning the MB
He is the real terrorist.
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Reason
02-01-2014 10:27pm
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Back the future
Proud egyptians are made beggars.usa/israel/saudi are controlling your country. Instead of building your future, they make you sell your history. Army has no business in politics and economy. I,m a secular muslim living in europe. For example gernany is ruled by christian parties. Before army took control 40 decades ago, egypt economy equals south Korea. Thanks to saudi/israeli and western countries who hate muslim. Saudi quraish regime would kill all muslims, just to keep their kingdom and flow sheap oil to the west, abd buy weopons instead of helping to unite muslim countries like europe does, let alone develop economy in neighbouring arab countries. Wake Egypt, army has hired israeli pr agents, using exact same propaganda as israel does to justify opressing palestinians. Take the lead, reinforce Morsi, jail sisi. Morsi can be voted out next term. Give people like my fellow morocains, algerians etc. The right example.
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Ihsan
02-01-2014 10:02pm
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how can Egypt prosper with dishnest people like this man?
It is impossible. He lies as often as he breathes.
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Noura
02-01-2014 09:59pm
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Egyptian security has a history of fabricating events and lying
He murders, he lies, he can't be trusted to tell the truth. If this man were living in a country that respects itself, he would have stood before a firing squad a lomg time ago.
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Nahla
02-01-2014 09:55pm
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I don't believe him
Those who murdered thousands os Egyptians can not be expected to tell the truth about any thin. I am sure that the Egyptian security stands behind 99% or even 100% of the acts of terror blamed on the MB.
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Allen
02-01-2014 08:16pm
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Proof mounting against the brotherhood terrorists
First their terrorists leadership proclaimed they have the power to end the violence instantly, admitting they are behind terrorizing Egyptians. Second the low rung captured terrorists are now spilling the beans on the brotherhood. Third their track record speaks for itself. Fourth their so called peaceful vandalism and intemidation of Egyptians has exposed what they are for the world to see. If you need more proof....then you need a functioning brain first and formost!!
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