The militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis on Monday claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack that killed 23 Egyptian border guards at Al-Farafra in Al-Wadi Al-Gadeed, near the Libyan border, on Saturday.
It was reported that the group announced its responsibility on a Twitter account said to be representing it, saying, “By God’s grace, we were able to storm a checkpoint belonging to Egyptian border guards in Al-Farafra, which has been a stronghold for the troops which used to kill and torture our brother fighters”.
On 19 July, between six and eight assailants attacked a military checkpoint. The soldiers were of battalion 14 stationed at Al-Dahous district. Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Mohamed Samir explained that the crossfire by the terrorists led to an explosion in an arsenal storage facility after it was fired upon by an RPG, leading to the deaths of 21 conscripts and the injury of four others. A number of assailants were killed and the army managed to diffuse two IEDs (improvised explosive device) wired in two vehicles containing firearms and ammunition.
Samir stressed that the incident “will not deter the Armed Forces from fulfilling its duties of upholding security across Egypt and striking all terrorists with an iron fist at any cost”.
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis is a terrorist group that has been using Sinai as its base since Mohamed Morsi was elected president in 2012. The group has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist operations in Egypt including bombing the Cairo and Daqahliya security directorates and assassinating military officer Mohamed Mabrouk, a witness in Morsi’s ongoing trial. Nabil Naim, an ex-Jihadi, stated that the group is funded by Khairat Al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood’s second-in-command, who is currently in jail.
This is not the first attack launched by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis. The group has claimed responsibility for many terrorist operations, mainly in the Sinai Peninsula.