Sinai militant group issues warning to Egyptian police, says "more determined" to fight if ignored
Police stationed in Sinai have increasingly come under attack by militants since the oust of Morsi in July (File Archive/AFP)
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A militant Islamist group in Egypt's Sinai issued a warning to the country's military and policy Monday telling troops to "desert their ranks or face death at the hands of its fighters," according to the Associated Press and Ahram Online.
The Al Qaeda inspired group, Ansar Jerusalem, also known as Ansar Beit Al Maqdis announced on militant websites that it considers Egyptian security authorities as "infidels" because "they answer to a secular government."
Ansar Jerusalem further threatened Monday that if its warning is ignored, the group "will be more determined to fight [the military and police]."
Such extremist groups have been blamed on escalating violence and attacks on Egyptian security officials stationed in the Sinai peninsula since the oust of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.