Ansar Jerusalem, a Sinai-based militant outfit, has released a video which supposedly shows a suicide bomb attack on Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim. The group had claimed responsibility for the September 5 bombing which left the suicide bomber and a passerby dead, while 20 others were wounded. Luckily, the interior minister survived the deadly explosion.
In the video, the alleged bomber, identified as former military officer Walid Badr, is shown reading his will and denouncing the Egyptian army for ‘waging war against Islam’. It also features clips of former Al Qaeda Chief Osama Bin Laden and his second-in-command, Ayman-al-Zawahiri.
Badr was thrown out of the Egyptian army after he criticized officers for not being religiously inclined. Later on, the suspected bomber traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq to fight and even went to Iran, where he was arrested and spent a year in prison. After his release, Badr went back to Egypt before leaving for Syria to fight against the regime of Bashar Al Assad.
An onscreen message in the video advised Egyptian Muslims to stay away from key security installations as they were all “legitimate targets” for his group.
"Leaders of the war against Islam," specifically Abdel Fattah el Sisi, Sedki Sobhi, and Mohammed Ibrahim, all received separate threats from Ansar Jerusalem. "We brought you slaughter, so feel your necks."
Meanwhile, judicial sources said that Badr was assisted by three Egyptians, two Palestinians, and possibly an Afghan, all of whom returned to the Sinai after the attack
Every since Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, there have been at least 196 reported attacks in the Sinai Peninsula. Most of them were against Egyptian security forces and their assets.