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Islamists warn tourists to leave Egypt

2014-02-18 12:43

Cairo - The Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has told tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack anyone who stays in the country after a deadline of 20 February.

The Sinai-based group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two South Korean tourists and an Egyptian on Sunday, made the statement on an affiliated Twitter account.

"We recommend tourists to get out safely before the expiry of the deadline," read the tweet, written in English.

The warning has not appeared on the group's official website but the Twitter account has been accurate in the past.

Attacks by Islamist militants have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July, but the bombing on Sunday of a tourist bus marks a strategic shift to soft targets that could devastate an economy already reeling from political turmoil.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt's most active Islamist militant organisation, has threatened to topple the interim government installed by army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The group's statement referred to a warning first issued on 16 February urging tourists to leave.

Comments
  • Aads - 2014-02-18 13:15

    WHY TOUR THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?????......TOOO DANGEROUS, MUST BE OUT OF YOUR MIND....SORRY ONLY MY OPINION!!!.....TO TOUR IN SUCH A DANGEROUS COUNTRY IS LOOKING FOR TROUBLE......BUT LIKE I SAID.....THAT'S JUST ME!

      Nico Jansen van Vuuren - 2014-02-18 13:23

      WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING!!??

      Johan Troffel Fourie - 2014-02-18 13:26

      LOUD NOISES!

      Darryl Maze - 2014-02-18 13:37

      Europe and the west must join forces now and go in and wipe these islamists out. They are nothing but cowards and kill innocent ppl. Lets see you cowards take on a army of the world. Its also about time these other muslims that say islam is a peaceful religion start standing up and denouncing these islamic terrorists if they so against them

      Colbert Bern Woods - 2014-02-18 14:14

      Its like Syria, Yemen, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Jordan and strangely Thailand. They are on the top list for most xenophobic countries on earth. :D

  • Werner Coetzer - 2014-02-18 13:23

    Ah, the religion of peace showing their tolerance of others...

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-02-18 13:38

      Yes it works this way---after they have killed and destroyed all apposed to islam--then there will be peace and they will be the religion of peace.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-02-18 13:49

      Maybe they will also follow the example of the islamists in Sudan where they rounded up all the men apposed to islam and thus many Christians, and they executed over a hundred. One wonders when the final confrontation will be between islam and all the other religions apposed to islam. Iran with nuclear bombs will definitely give it a try. Israel is ready and about to strike at them.

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-02-18 15:18

      Good for Israel. Iran will be wise not to antagonize the Israeli's - ever. That goes for any Arab country within striking distance of Israel.

  • Aads - 2014-02-18 13:55

    @NICO .....sometimes it can not be helped!!!.... HOW DAFT MUST YOU BE TO GO TOURING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!....

      Johan Troffel Fourie - 2014-02-18 14:01

      Because it's advertised as a touring destination and tourism is good for the economy. These extremist are doing the whole country damage.

  • Mr Badbones - 2014-02-18 14:07

    Yeah well another kick @ss place gone to the dogs ...... pity .....

  • Aads - 2014-02-18 14:21

    @ JOHAN......there are much better places to advertise for tourism....not a place where you have to fear for your life while on vacation!!!....

      Johan Troffel Fourie - 2014-02-18 15:17

      Great pyramid of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Great Sphinx, Abu Simbel temples, Luxor Temple, Karnak, etc. Show me other destinations that has so many historical wonder, and tourism will thrive there.

      Robyn Hammond - 2014-02-20 23:27

      fantastic snorkelling and diving...

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