A snapshot from a video released on Twitter by Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, now known as Sinai Province, on August 28, 2014
An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to kill judges in retaliation for the execution of six suspected militants earlier this week and the ongoing crackdown on Islamists.
In an audio message posted online, the leader of the Sinai Province—Abu Osama Al-Masry, called on followers to attack judges, suggesting they are going to be the new target of an Islamist insurgency that has killed hundreds of security forces over the past two years
"You have killed our brothers and enraged our hearts ... In the name of God, we will take revenge for our brothers and others like them, from the party that issued the ruling and the party that implemented it," he said, alluding to judges.
The recording came days after militants in the Sinai Peninsula shot dead three judges and a driver shortly after authorities hanged six convicted militants over the killing of two military officers in a security raid last year.
It also followed a court's verdict earlier this week seeking the death penalty against ousted president Mohamed Morsi and hundreds supporters from the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
"It is wrong for the tyrants to jail our brothers," Abu Osama al-Masry said. "Don't let them enjoy security while your brothers are tortured in jail."
"Poison their food... chase them at their homes and in the streets... destroy their homes with explosives."
Sinai Province, formerly known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks that have rocked Egypt since the 2013 ouster of Morsi and a crackdown on his supporters.
It swore allegiance to the Islamic State group, which has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq over the past year and a half.