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Egypt 'identifies' three Italian consulate bombers

13 luglio 2015 | 18.59
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Egyptian authorities have released the names and photos of three militants who they allege carried out the bombing at Italy's consulate in Cairo at the weekend, according to the Youm7 daily's website.

The three suspects are named as Tariq Abdul Sattar, Hussein Barakat and Hassan Samir, according to Youm7. Sattar and Barakat are from Beni Suef, south of Cairo, while Samir is from Fayyum governorate, southwest of the Egyptian capital, Youm7 said.

The trio have close ties to Egypt's Sinai Province affiliate of the Islamic State militant group, which claimed Saturday's attack on the Italian mission in central Cairo, which killed one and injured four.

Sinai Province has put its name to a string of deadly attacks in Egypt's Sinai peninsula that have killed scores of people amid efforts by the Egyptian military to quell unrest in Sinai through a military crackdown.

The group has been involved in suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, assassinations and beheadings and until last November whe it pledged allegiance to IS was called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem).

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis was an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that started its operations immediately after the January 2011 uprising that led to the fall of Egypt's long-serving ruler Hosni Mubarak.

The group was initially known for launching attacks on Israeli targets and interests.

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