Jihadist group claims responsibility for Egypt blast

Cairo, Dec 25: Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based jihadist group, has claimed responsibility late Tuesday for a deadly bombing that hit the security directorate in the northern city of Mansoura early Tuesday, media reported.

The group in a statement claimed the responsibility for Tuesday’s bombing that killed 15 people and injured more than 130 others, Xinhua quoted state-run Ahram online as saying in a report.

The group said it targeted army and police personnel. It added that the attack was carried out by a person who drove a car bomb and more details of the powerful explosion will be revealed.

A security source told official MENA news agency that primary information indicates that a truck containing explosive materials was used in the blast.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has already claimed responsibility for several militant attacks in the country, including a bombing near army intelligence building in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and a failure attempt to assassinate interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

IANS