Islamist militants: Egypt ex-army major carried out Cairo suicide attack

By REUTERS
October 26, 2013 19:20

 
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CAIRO - A Sinai-based Islamist militant group that claimed a September assassination attempt on Egypt's interior minister released a video on Saturday saying a former major in the army carried out the suicide bombing.

The video, which Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis released on militant websites, runs to 30 minutes and identifies former major Waleed Badr as being responsible for the attack, but does not say if he was a member of the group.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survived the attack on Sept. 5 in Cairo when a car bomb blew up next to his convoy and gunmen strafed his vehicle, prompting him to warn that a wave of terrorism by opponents of the military-installed government was just beginning.

Ibrahim helped oversee a violent crackdown on supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the elected Islamist president who was overthrown on July 3 by the army following mass protests against his rule.

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