Al-Qaida group claims responsibility for attack on Egypt-Israel border

Al-Qaida group claims responsibility for attack on Egypt-Israel border

El Arish : Egypt | Jun 20, 2012 at 3:03 AM PDT
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An al-Qaida-linked group calling itself "the Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem" claimed responsibility Tuesday for a cross-border attack along Israel's southern border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that killed an Israeli construction worker, according to the SITE Intel Group.

In videos released by the Ibn Taymiyyah Media Center, a group of masked men stand in front of al Qaida-style flags claimed responsibility for the Sinai incident.

The group dedicated the attack to slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. "We present this blessed invasion ... to the soul of the lion of Islam, the reviver of jihad, and the raiser of the banner, Sheikh Mujahid Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden."

The masked men used Islamic slogans, pledging to liberate the Holy Land from what they termed Jewish occupation.

A second video showed two men, one of whom said they were about to embark on a mission to attack "the Zionist forces on the border of Egypt and occupied Palestine," an apparent reference to Monday's incident on the Sinai border.

The first man said he was an Egyptian named Abu Salah al-Masri. The other said he came from Saudi Arabia and gave his name as Abu Huthiyfa al-Rathali. The videos could not immediately be verified.

On Monday, the Israeli government urged the Egyptian authorities to regain control of the Sinai, which is largely beyond the control of the security forces since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.


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Al-Qaida group claims responsibility for attack on Egypt-Israel border
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