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Egypt: massacre of police raises fears of growing al-Qaida activity in the Sinai

Ian Black
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 roadside.

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