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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    An Islamic State offshoot, operating in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the abduction of four members of the Palestinian Hamas group, the Khabar Press news portal reported Thursday, citing security officials.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — The abductees were with about 50 Palestinians on a bus headed to Gaza from Cairo when the bus was stopped and they were kidnapped by the then-unidentified gunmen on Wednesday.

    Debris (R) is seen on the ground after a bomb blast at a national security building in Shubra Al-Khaima on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt August 20, 2015
    © REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany

    Hamas, which de facto controls the Gaza Strip, condemned the kidnapping and called on the Egyptian government to assist in liberating the hostages.

    The extremist group, known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, allied itself to ISIL in 2014 and has been carrying out a violent Islamist insurgency in northern areas of Sinai, regularly attacking Egyptian forces in the region.

    Earlier in the day, ISIL affiliates claimed responsibility for Thursday morning's car bomb blast in the Egyptian capital. An explosion near the state security and courthouse buildings in the Cairo district of Shubra injured nearly 30 people, including eight police officers.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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