FILE: The court held a sequential hearing session of the defendants of the terrorist groups. FILE: The court held a sequential hearing session of the defendants of the terrorist groups.

Top most dangerous terrorist crimes committed by Ansar Bait al-Maqdis

Sat, Aug. 31, 2019
CAIRO – 31 August 2019: The Cairo Criminal Court is expected to issue the final verdict against 213 defendants of Ansar Bait al-Maqdis for committing 54 terrorism-related crimes.

The terrorist group is being charged of murdering police officers, soldiers and civilians; an assassination attempt of former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim; bombing several security facilities; and executing a number of terrorist operations.

On July 7, the court held a sequential hearing session of the defendants of the terrorist groups.

The jihadist extremist militant group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem), emerged from the chaos in Sinai that started with the uprising in January 2011.

1. In mid-2013, the terrorist group initiated attacks on security forces, declaring the Egyptian army and police apostates that can be killed.

2. The assassination of Mohamed Mabrouk, a security officer involved in the trial against Mohamed Morsi, who was shot dead outside his home in Nasr City on 17 November.

3. Bombing a police compound in Mansoura, killing at least 16 people, including 14 police officers.

4. Attacking a police checkpoint in Beni Suef on 23 January 2014 that killed 5 people.

5. Shooting down a military helicopter in the Sinai that occurred on 25 January 2014.

6. Assassinating Mohamed Al-Saied, member of Egypt's Interior Ministry, on 28 January 2014.

7. Bombing a bus in Taba in 2014, killing four people, including three Korean tourists and an Egyptian bus driver.

8. An attack that 6 security personnel in September 2014.

9. Bombing the Cairo Security Directorate using a car that was rigged with 800 kilos of explosives.

10. Targeting the satellite in Nasr City with a rocket launcher

Investigations showed that the defendants were trained in the camps of Ezzel Din Qassam, the military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas and that they plotted to target ships transiting the Suez Canal.

Investigations also showed that ousted president Mohamed Morsi was in contact with the militant group leaderships while he was in power and that they agreed that Hamas would not carry out any terrorist attacks while he was in office.

The 54 terrorist crimes the defendants are implicated in had left 42 police officers and 15 civilians dead and 349 others wounded.

Ansar Beit El Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the major attacks against security forces and their installations, with the deadliest assaults taking place in Sinai.
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