World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian court on Thursday labeled a shadowy group that has claimed responsibility for a string of recent attacks on police personnel a "terrorist organization," a judicial source has said.
The court of urgent matters decided to designate Agnad Masr ("Egypt's soldiers") a terrorist group after it claimed responsibility for three bombings that took place last month outside Cairo University, the source said.
A senior police officer was killed in the attack while five policemen were injured.
Following the bombings, Ahmed Suleiman, head of the Nedal Center for Rights and Freedoms, an Egyptian NGO, filed a lawsuit calling for the group to be labeled a terrorist organization.
The group later claimed responsibility for another attack – also in April – that killed a senior police officer and injured two people.
Like Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which is largely active in the Sinai Peninsula, Agnad Masr has claimed responsibility for a number of the attacks mainly targeting security sites.
Egypt's military-backed government has blamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood – the main target of an ongoing crackdown on dissent – for the attacks. The Brotherhood, for its part, emphatically denies the allegations.
Egypt has been dogged by instability since Morsi's ouster last summer. The militant attacks, which have killed scores of police and taken a toll on the country's already reeling tourism industry, come in the run-up to presidential polls slated for May 26-27.
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, former army chief and a key player in Morsi's ouster, is the frontrunner in the upcoming election, in which he will face off against leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2014, 13:23