Al Qaeda-inspired group claims deadly police attack in Egypt
Egyptians carry the coffin of a victim killed from an explosion at a police headquarters, during the funeral in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometres north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP / Ahmed Ashraf)
Published Wednesday, December 25, 2013 8:38AM EST
CAIRO, Egypt -- An al Qaeda-inspired group based in Egypt's Sinai has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of the police headquarters in a Nile Delta city that killed 16 people the day before.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or the Champions of Jerusalem, says it carried out a suicide bombing in the northern city of Mansoura to avenge the "shedding of innocent Muslim blood" at the hands of Egypt's "apostate regime" -- a reference to the security forces' crackdown on Islamists following the July military coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
The claim was posted Wednesday on a militant website the group has used before. It identified the suicide bomber in Tuesday's attack by his nickname, Abu Mariam.
The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks before this.