August 19, 2013
Egypt has pledged to hunt down an armed group that killed 25
policemen in the Sinai desert on Monday in an incident that will fuel
fears about the country’s already grave political crisis worsening to
involve attacks by jihadi-type movements.
Egyptian state TV reports from the scene near the border with Israel
and the Palestinian Gaza Strip town of Rafah said the terrorists had
forced the police conscripts off two minibuses and murdered them in cold
blood. Three others were injured. Cairo sources describe the killers as
“Takfiris” – a term often used for al-Qaida and like-minded groups.
The policemen were in civilian clothes and had been returning to
their base from leave. Their corpses were photographed lined up by the