Egyptian Islamist Group Claims Credit for Pipeline Explosion and Killing Police Officer

The al-Qaeda-inspired group claims responsibility for attacks in Cairo and the Sinai Peninsula

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An Egyptian militant group inspired by al-Qaeda has claimed credit for a pipeline explosion in the Sinai Peninsula and for the assassination of a senior police officer in Cairo.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem, says it was behind the pipeline explosion south of the Sinai city of el-Arish early this week, as well as the assassination of Maj. Gen. Mohammed el-Said. The group posted statements claiming credit for the attacks online, but the reports could not be independently verified.

In claiming credit for the assasination, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said they intended to punish Egypt’s military leaders and that the attack on the pipeline was part of a war against the “Egyptian regime’s economy.”

The most recent attacks come less than a week after Islamist militants downed an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai, apparently by using a surface-to-air missile for the first time in that region. The attack raised concerns about the safety of civilian airline traffic around the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat, as the flight approach to the Eilat airport comes close to Sinai foothills on the Egyptian side of the border.

The possibility of militants shooting down a civilian airliner is one of the top concerns for Western and Israeli security officials. Three days after the downing of the helicopter, Gen. David Petraeus, the former commander of U.S. Central Command and head of the CIA, spoke at a conference in Tel Aviv, where he said, “shooting down a helicopter with an apparent shoulder-fired missile is a big deal. As you know, that was always our worst nightmare, that a civilian airliner would be shot down by one.”

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vrome

This type of stuff happens when a tyrannical government fails to respect basic human rights and the populace has to resort to extreme measures to make change or to protect themselves against the government thugs.  


By decree,  Field Marshall General al-Sissy has outlawed a whole class of his own countrymen so that he can maintain the power he stole.  As Americans see it, Bills of Attainder are such heinous violations of human rights that they are banned by the US Constitution and the Constitutions of all 50 states.  In fact, the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (Navi Pallay) considers the issuance of Writs of Attainder to be crimes against humanity because they inherently deny human rights.