ISIS militants have released a statement praising yesterday's bombing near the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and calling on militants in Egypt to step up attacks against security officials.
ISIS militants have called on Sinai insurgents to step up beheadings in the Sinai Peninsula. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings, an announcement likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups.
A statement by ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani called on brutal fighters to "Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure." The comments came just hours after Sinai militant group Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claimed responsibility for yesterday's bomb blast near the Foreign Ministry that killed two senior police officers and wounded several other policemen.
The group claimed it used an explosive device on "officers of the criminal apparatus" as part of its campaign against security forces. It said the attacks will not stop until "the ruling tyrants fall and God's Shariah is established." Meanwhile ISIS also called on supporters to kill citizens of countries taking part in the US-led anti-militant coalition.
Adnani added, "If you can kill a disbelieving American or European -- especially the spiteful and filthy French -- or an Australian, or a Canadian, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him."
Recent reports suggest that ISIS militants have been forming ever closer links with militants in the Sinai region. Earlier this year, terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.
Militants are also thought to be swapping secrets and training online.