Little-known group claims responsibility for Egypt attack

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A militant group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for an attack in Egypt’s Western Desert that killed several policemen late last month, the newly emerged group said in a statement.

“We have started our jihad with the battle of the Lion’s Den in the Bahariya Oasis area on the borders of Cairo and were victorious against the enemy’s campaign,” the group said indicating this was its first attack.

The group did not provide any evidence for the claim. The statement was carried by another group called Guardians of Sharia.

Three security sources said at the time at least 52 police officers and conscripts were killed when their patrol came under attack. The interior ministry rebutted the claim the next day saying 16 policemen were killed.