Terrorism in the Sinai and Egypt 22 Apr – 04 May ’15

4 May

On a widely subscribed academic list, the Sociology of Islam, one may read frequent posts by Dr. Alain Gabon reviling President Sisi. Colleagues unfamiliar with Egypt who read Western language media have a very flawed picture of the most pressing issues in the country as a result of editorial bias. In attempting to rebut Gabon, and in visiting different university campuses in the U.S. I realized that many – and not only Americans — are unaware of the very real acts of terrorism now perpetrated on a daily basis in Egypt by supporters of ex-President Morsi.  Many are militants to whom the political process is irrelevant; their aim is destabilization.  Hardly any western media cover the issue; if they do, the only analysis offered is that the Sinai campaign is “too harsh,” or they insist that the Muslim Brotherhood “must be re-included” as per the position of the New York Times and Washington Post’s editorial board. Only Egyptians and those who have followed the terrorist/militant groups in the Sinai since their emergence c. 2004, realize that the militants in the Sinai proliferated during President Morsi’s term, have multiplied due to external factors, and that connections to Gaza, Libya, Sudan and elsewhere render the Sinai terrorism a regional issue, and not only a local one. I am waiting to read a serious article about the funding of these groups (or I will attempt to write one).  Then, there is the violence on the mainland, and so many incidents of IEDs or defused bombs that it is impossible to log them on a casual basis – but this will give you a snippet of these events.

 

May 4 Clashes reported in Rafah as the “Islamic State affiliate” launches an attack on a local security camp. Different source claims there were two attacks on Shaykh Zuwayd police station & central security camp and no casualties.

 

May 4 A bomb exploded at a Mobinil station in Shebin al-Koum in Menufiyya and another bomb was defused. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=887677597957321

 

May 4 Six people were injured as a bomb in a paper bag explodes in Manshiyat Nasser, a slum area.   http://www.thecairopost.com/news/148845/news/slum-family-injured-after-bomb-detonated-in-trash

 

May 4 Surveillance cameras are to be installed to improve security in Egypt http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/05/04/surveillance-cameras-to-be-deployed-nationwide-in-egypt/

 

May 3 Four injured in al-Arish explosion http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/03/4-injured-in-al-arish-bomb-explosion/#st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/5oXdAD7O98

 

May 3 Forty persons were referred to criminal court for communication with ISIS http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c1204ceb-0c3d-4114-9663-f9b122762502

Also see: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/05/03/Egypt-charges-40-over-allegedly-being-ISIS-members.html

May 3 Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators fire on senior officer & policeman near October City http://www.el-balad.com/1515642

May 3 An Egyptian teen was sentenced to 15 years for making bombs. http://www.albawaba.com/news/egyptian-teen-sentenced-15-years-making-bombs-689716

May 2 The State of Sinai claim they cut supply of Egypt’s military and release pictures to illustrate pic.twitter.com/rgAB7xcKUu

May 2 A tribal coalition in northern Sinai offered 1 million L.E. to whoever will kill Shadi al-Menei, a senior leader of the [Ansar al-Maqdis, but identified here as Wilayat Sinai) Wilayat Sina’ group. http://news.videonews.us/egypts-sinai-tribes-put-bounty-daesh-militant-028704.html

May 2 Members of a tribe abduct Haytham al-Menei – the brother of an Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leaderhttp://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=765185&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

May 2 IED explodes near resort hotels at the Fayoum Oasis, south of #Cairo. Fayoum area hard hit by ongoing attack wave.

May 1 Gunmen attacked an al-Ahram Foundation staff bus in 6th of October city injuring 6 people, 3 of them critically. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/129095.aspx

Apr. 29 State of Sinai post images showing bombing home of Ibrahim Al-Argani, a prominent leader of the Tarabin tribe. #Egypt #Sinai #StateofSinai‘s photos of bombed home of #Tarabin leader #Sinai – who they call “apostate”#Egypt https://justpaste.it/s3rj

Apr 29 Claims that 23 tribes aiding #Egypt‘s army against #StateofSinai militants #Sinaihttp://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/28/1975299

Apr. 28 Clashes erupt between the Tarabin tribe and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in the northern Sinaihttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128837.aspx

Apr 28 From 17/04-23/04 alone, there 99 attacks in N. #Sinai#Cairo, elsewhere in  http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/719219

Apr. 28 Egypt begins a new effort against tunnels connecting Gaza and Sinai after discovering many more of them.http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=774484

Apr 27 Man threw a bag with a suspected bomb at school where the Min. of Interior’s children are enrolled   http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Cases/details/2015/4/27/539168/%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%82%D9%8A-%D8%AC%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%BA%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A8-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%A7-3-%D8%A3%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D9%84%D9%88%D8%B2%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AE%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9

Apr 27 New areas of Rafah to be evacuated as part of the buffer zone.http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128818.aspx

Apr 27 – Overnight blasts brought down power lines in Nile Delta http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128754.aspx

Apr. 26 Stolen vehicles mean that Wilayat Sinai may be preparing a car bomb campaign in the Sinai.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/wilayat-sinai-likely-preparing-car-bomb-campaign?utm_source=Reviewing+the+Week%3A+ISW+Intelligence+Summary%2C+April+18-24%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Reviewing+the+Week%3A+ISW+Intelligence+Summary%2C+April+18-24%2C+2015&utm_medium=email

Apr. 26 Two electric pylons on Cairo-Alexandria highway were bombed, 6 injured.http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/27/1973056 …
3 cell towers torched in Oct6. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/26/1972877 #Egypt

Apr 26 Gunmen shot & killed one man in village of #Berth & abducted another. #Sinaihttp://www.thecairopost.com/news/147783/news/rafah-bedouin-killed-another-abducted-after-ansar-bayt-al-maqdis-warns-tribe

Apr. 25 IED explosion knocked over transmission tower in Fayoum

Apr. 25 Four people were killed and one injured while making bombs in the Beni Soueif governoratehttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128622.aspx

Apr. 24 Three bombs explode in #Matariya; a 4th bomb was disabled. People in the area chant “Death to the Muslim Brotherhood” in response http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/715713

Apr. 24 Police disperse #Islamist protests in #Haram#Badrashein and #Faysal – it’s Friday. #Egypthttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128540.aspx

Apr. 24 Ten Ansar Bayt Maqdis members killed in a night raid in the Sinai http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/716430

Apr 23 Gas lines to the factory in ‪Kafr al-Dawwar were blown up. https://t.co/OecgnXcS0O

Apr. 23 One killed, 4 injured as a house was hit by a shell (presumably military) in Shaykh Zuwayd http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a2b12d82-9aa3-4d0d-8919-e88a89cbdf46

Apr. 23 Explosion reported near police checkpoint on Alexandria-Behaira road.http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/24/1969855

Apr. 22 Raed Al-Saheli, head of detectives died Monday morning in al-Arish of his wounds following a car bomb attack on a building section on 11 April

 

 

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