Video IDs Egyptian as suicide bomber
CAIRO — An ex-Egyptian army officer carried out a suicide bombing last month that unsuccessfully targeted the country's interior minister, a video posted online Saturday by al-Qaida-inspired militants claims.
The failed car bomb assassination and increasing attacks in the country's lawless Sinai Peninsula raise fears of an escalating Islamic militant campaign of revenge over the July 3 military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Those worries prompted soldiers to escort teachers to class for the first day of school on Saturday in the Sinai, as well as Christians to cancel a planned festival in the southern city of Luxor.
Military officials reached by The Associated Press declined to comment about the video posted in the name of the Ansar Jerusalem militant group, which has carried out other attacks in the Sinai. Security officials have fired one police officer over alleged ties with Islamists.
The video posted on militant websites shows a man identified as Waleed Badr, who wears a uniform with the rank of major. He says in the video that the Egyptian army is “bent on fighting religion” and “loves America” more than Egyptians.
The video shows a car in streets described as being close to the home of Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim in Cairo. It shows the minister's motorcade and provided a description of his armored SUV. The video does not explain, however, why the Sept. 5 bombing failed to kill Ibrahim. The blast killed one person and wounded 22.
Ansar Jerusalem has claimed responsibility for last week's bomb attack on a military intelligence compound in the Suez canal city of Ismailia.