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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Al-Qaeda-affiliated group Jund al-Isl?m vows to eliminate IS in Sinai

Al-Qaeda-affiliated group Jund al-Isl?m vows to eliminate IS in Sinai
The 'Jund al-Isl?m' group accuses 'Sinai Province' of shedding blood of
civilians in Sinai Peninsula
Taha Sakr November 12, 2017 2:39 pm
http://www.egyptindependent.com/al-qaeda-affiliated-group-jund-al-islam-vows-eliminate-sinai/

A little-known militant group called Jund al-Isl?m, inspired by Al-Qaeda
ideology, declared on Saturday that it carried out a military attack against
the Islamic State’s Egyptian branch Sinai Province, describing the group as
‘Kharijites,’ or apostates.

Through a voice statement, Jund al-Isl?m explained that the Sinai Province
is violating Islamic Sharia law because it targets civilians and brands them
as apostates.

The obscure group said that a number of its militants engaged in military
confrontations with an armored vehicle belonging to the Sinai Province. The
attack’s aim had been to arrest some members of the Sinai Province in order
to investigate them for crimes they have committed against civilians.

Jund al-Isl?m caught Egyptian media attention in 2013 when it claimed
responsibility for the bombings that targeted the facilities of the Egyptian
Military Intelligence located in the North Sinai city of Rafah.

At that time, the group was emerging as a militant organization that
subscribed to the ideology of Al-Qaeda, which is contrary to that of IS.

Disputes erupted between Jund al-Isl?m and the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group,
currently known as Sinai Province, when the latter pledged allegiance to IS
and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in November 2014.

Jund al-Isl?m objects to the excessive killings conducted by IS and the
Sinai Province against civilians. Instead, the group prioritizes the
targeting of military officers.

Through the voice statement released by the group, it called on members of
the Sinai Province to surrender themselves and repent on the crimes they
have committed against their fellow Muslims.

“The group of Jund al-Isl?m will do its best to eliminate the presence of
the apostate group of Sinai Province. We are now calling the seduced members
of Sinai Province to leave the group and stop killing Muslims,” the voice
statement said.

The Sinai Province group has committed numerous violent acts against
civilians in North Sinai, including brutal killings of Coptic Christians. In
response to the persecution, Copts in North Sinai abandoned the Peninsula in
February in an unprecedented exodus.

On Thursday, five truck drivers were killed after a number of militants
opened fire against them while they were passing al-Hasna-Baghdad road at a
checkpoint located in Central Sinai.

The militants, who are believed to be members of Sinai Province set up the
checkpoint on the road between villages of the al-Hasna-Baghdad where the
five drivers were passing with trucks that were transferring oil, according
to local journalist who preferred to be anonymous.

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