3 January 2014

Egypt: We Strike With Iron Fist On Terrorism Hotbeds - Interior Minister

In an important press conference on the ongoing investigations into the recent acts of violence, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that Initial investigations revealed the involvement of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group in recent violent events in the country.

During the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the MB expanded its base nationwide and worked on strengthening its ties with extremist factions to use their elements in hostile plans, according to the Interior Minister.

The MB opened communication channels with a number of Palestinian Hamas leaders and offered them logistic support by hosting their members in the Gaza Strip and training them on using weapons in Qassam Brigades' military camps, the minister revealed.

The MB and Hamas also tackled issues related to military technology, the most important of which was inventing an aircraft jamming device, developing decoding devices, drawing up a system to monitor flights with computers and providing a large amount of nitric acid, he added.

The so-called "Ansar Bait al-Maqdis", ran by fugitive Tawfiq Zeyada, a.k.a Abu-Abdullah, and its military arm Al-Furqan Brigades, led by fugitive Mohamed Nasr, are both involved in several violent attacks in the country, the minister noted.

The two groups are also involved in an attack on Nozha police station and killing police Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabrouk, the minister added.

Security forces directed several successful strikes against the terrorist elements, leading to identifying those behind the December bombing of the Daqahlia Security heaquarters, which left 16 persons killed, including 14 policemen, and many others injured, the interior minister said.

The Interior Ministry is adamant to undertake its duty in protecting the nation, countering terror and criminal hotspots and protecting the legitimacy of the June 30 Revolution, Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said.

He called on the people to turn out in millions in the upcoming referendum on the constitution, pledging to exert tremendous efforts to offer maximum security on the referendum day.

What is happening in Egypt is staged by the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group, said Ibrahim. Senior MB leader Mohamed Ali Beshr is still in Egypt and has not left the country, he said.

The Interior Ministry is in need for modern devices to cope with the developments, but some countries have refused to provide them to Egypt due to their stance on the June 30 Revolution, he noted.

He reassured Copts about securing their celebrations, saying that anyone who approaches any church is considered "dead".

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