Middle East

Zawahri blesses attacks on Egypt security

People gather at the site of a bomb blast in Cairo, April 18, 2014. A bomb exploded in a Cairo square late on Friday, killing one police officer and wounding another, the Egyptian state newspaper Al Ahram reported on its website. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

CAIRO: Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.

In an audio interview with Al-Qaeda media arm As-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, Zawahri advised jihadists that any armed confrontation should be popularly supported and that victory could not be achieved without this support.

Al-Zawahri said the jihadists should choose their targets very carefully and explain the aims of each operation to the people.

He also harshly criticized Egypt's ultraconservative Islamist Al-Nour Party, accusing it of deceit and deception by supporting the military-backed interim government and secular constitution, which he considers void.





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