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Pro-Morsi coalition leader denies links to Sinai bombing

Leading member of the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy says neither the group nor the Muslim Brotherhood are linked to Wednesday's deadly attack in Sinai

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
Magdi Korkor
Magdi Korkor, the head of the Islamist-oriented Labour Party (Photo: El-Amal Party)
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A leading member of the Islamist grouping the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has said that the alliance and the Muslim Brotherhood have no link with the bomb attack on Wednesday in Sinai that killed 12.

Magdi Korkor, the head of the Islamic Labour Party, said that there have been attempts to blame the Brotherhood for recent bombings and assassinations in order to demonise the group.

A car bomb exploded in Rafah on Wednesday targeting a military convoy. Twelve soldiers were killed and 30 injured.

Earlier this week, a National Security Apparatus officer Mohamed Mabrouk, who was in charge of Muslim Brotherhood file, was shot near his home in Cairo.

The Sinai-based jihadist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis assumed responsibility for the attempt as well as the assassination of Mabrouk.

The Muslim Brotherhood use peaceful methods of struggle, Korkor said, adding that the group refuses to resort to violence so as not to give security forces justification to use violence against them.

The Wednesday attack is the bloodiest terrorist attack since mid-August, when gunmen killed 25 policemen in an ambush on a security convoy in Sinai.

The restive peninsula, already suffering a security vacuum since the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, has seen a spike in militant activity since Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July. Attacks on state targets in the Sinai region have killed over 100 security personnel.

Dozens of militants have been killed since the army began a campaign against terrorism in the region after Morsi's exit.

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20-11-2013 10:02pm
they lied to us so much, why should we ever trust these people??
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20-11-2013 08:58pm
Since when has a brotherhood terrorist was MAN enough to admit its crimes???
Who else out there has been following the path of crime againt EGYPT???
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Samantha Criscione
20-11-2013 07:31pm
Every time a Brotherhood defender opens his mouth, he lies
What supports Korkor's claim that the Brotherhood is not behind the terror in Sinai? Only his credibility. Does he give us any basis to judge his credibility? Yes, he makes another claim. He says the Brotherhood never uses violence. Since we know this is a lie; since we have all seen the videos showing Brotherhood militia squads including men armed with automatic weapons, steel pipes, wooden clubs, shotgun pistols and Molotov cocktails; since in these videos we can see these 'peaceful protesters' using these weapons both against police and against residents of the areas they are passing through, as well as mercilessly beating people whom they had dragged into the Rabaa terror camp; since, after Brotherhood members and supporters, working in nationwide coordination, burned many churches and government buildings on August 14, Brotherhood spokesperson Gehad El-Haddad tried to justify the Brotherhood's burnings and murders by saying the members were out of control with anger (Ahram reported this on August 15) --- therefore we know that Korkor is lying about the Brotherhood being peaceful. And since he tries to support his case with such an easily exposed lie, shouldn't we conclude he has no good arguments for defending the Brotherhood against the charge of being behind the assassinations and the mass killings in Sinai? -- Samantha Criscione
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