Cairo, 23 May-2014, Xinhua: An Egyptian court ruled on Thursday that a newly-established extremist Islamist group, which claimed responsibility for several recent bomb attacks, is “a terrorist group,” the Egyptian state TV reported.
The labeled self-proclaimed Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, formally announcing in January that it would target “criminal elements” in the military-backed government in retaliation for their crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, claimed it has carried out a series of blasts.
In April, the group said it carried out an explosion in Greater Cairo’s Lebanon Square, killing a police officer and wounding another.
The Thursday ruling was issued by the Cairo Urgent Matters Court. A lawyer has filed the lawsuit for enlisting Ajnad Misr as a terrorist group due to its responsibility for attacks and blasts targeting policemen, troops and common Egyptian people.
In April, the court ruled the al-Qaida-inspired, Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, or Worriers of Jerusalem, a terrorist group. It was also branded by the U.S. as a terrorist group in April.
The group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks including the October attack on the military intelligence headquarters in Ismailia and the December blast that hit the police headquarters in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya which left 16 killed and over 100 others wounded.
Since the ouster of the Islamist president Morsi by the army last July, such militant groups have risen sharply.
Most of the attacks targeted police and army staff and facilities in the restive Sinai Peninsula, and later they expanded to the capital Cairo and Nile Delta cities. A recent government report said the death toll from such attacks reached nearly 500, most of whom are soldiers and police officers.