Jihadist group denies involvement in 5 August Sinai attack

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Aug 2012

Mujahideen Shura Council rejects Israeli accusations of its involvement in Sinai border attack, charges media with blaming Palestinians without evidence

An Egyptian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Rafah city on the Egyptian border, August 6, 2012. Islamist gunmen killed at least 16 Egyptian police on Sunday and seized two military vehicles to attack a crossing point into Israel, the deadliest incident in Egypt's tense Sinai border region in decades. (Photo: Reuters)

The media committee of the Mujahideen Shura Council, a jihadist group, issued a statement on Thursday denying any involvement in the 5 August attack near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in which 16 Egyptian borders guards were killed.

In its statement, the militant group said that it, along with other Jihadist groups, was being falsely accused by the media of standing behind the attack based only on statements by Israeli military spokesman Avichay Adraee.

The Mujahideen Shura Council also rejected "baseless accusations" against the Palestinian people in general, saying that such accusations were merely aimed at justifying the six-year-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The council also condemned the ongoing "media campaign" against it, stressing that the group's sole objective was "to fight the Jewish invaders" of Palestine.

The group concluded by reminding the media how it had meticulously avoided any confrontation with the Egyptian Army in its 18 June attack on Israeli occupation forces.

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