Hardline Egyptian Islamist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has ordered all tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack any foreigners who remain in the country beyond a deadline of Feb. 20.
The Sinai-based militant group, which claimed responsibility for the bombing of a tourist bus that killed two South Korean sight-seers and their Egyptian bus driver in Sunday, made the statement on social networking site Twitter, Reuters reported Tuesday.
"We recommend tourists to get out safely before the expiry of the deadline," read the tweet, written in English, according to Reuters.
Although the group did not post the statement on their official website, the affiliated Twitter account used has proved accurate in the past.
The number of militant attacks across Egypt have been increasing since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July, 2013. As a result, hundreds of policemen and soldiers have been killed but Sunday's bombing of the tourist bus marks the unsettling shift towards civilians and foreigners being used as legitimate targets.
According to Reuters, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is Egypt's most active Islamist militant group and has threatened to topple the interim government installed by army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The group's latest Twitter statement made reference to a warning first issued on Feb. 16 urging tourists to leave, Reuters reported.
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