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Egyptian Jihadist group claims responsibility for interior minister attack

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An al-Qaeda-linked group based in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for a failed assassination attempt that targeted the country’s interior minister last week, a statement on militant Islamist forums said.

“God has allowed your brothers in Ansar Beit al-Maqdis [the Sinai-based group] to shatter the security organization of the murderer Mohammed Ibrahim through a martyrdom operation,” the group said in the online statement carried by AFP.

A car bomb ripped through the interior minister’s convoy as he was leaving home for work on Thursday, killing one person.

Ibrahim, who was travelling in an armored car, survived the attempt unhurt.

The militant group apologized in the statement “for not killing the tyrant,” pledging more attacks against Ibrahim and military commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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