Islamic State Claims Cairo Courthouse Bomb Which Wounded 29
CAIRO, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 29 people near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb early on Thursday.
A statement circulated on Twitter by supporters of the group, Sinai Province, said the bomb was a reprisal for the execution of six of its members convicted of carrying out an attack north of the Egyptian capital last year.
"Let the apostates of the police and army, the followers of Jews, know we are a people who do not forget our revenge," the statement said.
In May, Egypt executed six members of Sinai Province for attacking soldiers near Cairo in 2014. The men were convicted on charges which included carrying out an attack in which two army officers were killed in Arab Sharkas village north of Cairo.
Sinai Province has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the military toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
Security sources who inspected the site of the blast in Shubra al-Khaima near Cairo said there was a burned-out vehicle and crater.
Comments on Twitter indicated the blast, which heavily damaged the face of the state security building, was heard in several parts of the Egyptian capital.
Shopkeeper Mohamed Ali said he saw a man park a vehicle that exploded after he stepped away from it.
Militants based in Sinai who support Islamic State, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has a presence in Egypt's neighbor Libya, have proven resilient despite military operations against them.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to eradicate militancy, which he has said is an existential threat to the Arab world and the West.
Stabilizing Egypt is critical to efforts to rebuild an economy hurt by turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian authorities have mounted the toughest security crackdown against militants in the country's history, drawing criticism from human rights groups who accuse the government of stifling dissent.
This month Sisi approved an anti-terrorism law that sets up special courts and protects its enforcers in the face of a two-year-long Islamist insurgency that aims to topple his government.
The law has come under fire from human rights groups that accuse Sisi of rolling back freedoms won in the 2011 uprising. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Dominic Evans)
Mr. SISI who does you thinks the ISIS listens to and obeys the command of?
Have you any knowledge of it, then have it now and check first of all to make sure. That authority made you the President to get EX President Mubarak out of the cases. It was Israel Mossad with the help of CIA and Saudi Arab.
Now, to poof you off with no obstruction Israel would have 100% support of the general EGYPTIAN public, because you are a hated person in EGYPT.
And all these are done by Israel and CIA because they are the architect of creating ISIS and. Their main aim and object is to weaken Egypt, once a Muslim military might in Mid East which the coward SAUDI ARAB unwittingly axed the might by listening to ISRAEL on the pretext of Israel would be the savior for SAUDI Arab from NUKE IRAN.
But President Obama of US has adequately and capably handled the issue for the safety of all Mid East countries including Israel.
Now, as per plan of Israel and CIA is to be against Turkey to weaken it, to make Israel the Headman of MID EAST. Better help TURKEY and better your disgusting personal record as these bombing in the court is the beginning of the forth coming end of your days in power. Find out why your friends are bombing your court premises.
This bombing is the SIGNAL of your days is numbered Mr. General..