5 Egyptian Soldiers Killed by Gunmen at Checkpoint in Cairo

Emergency crews spread out at the Cairo checkpoint where gunmen killed six soldiers, an attack the military blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood. (Ahmed Gamel, AFP/Getty Images / March 15, 2014)
Emergency crews spread out at the Cairo checkpoint where gunmen killed six soldiers, an attack the military blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood. (Ahmed Gamel, AFP/Getty Images / March 15, 2014)

Assailants targeted a checkpoint in a northern suburb of Cairo just after Saturday’s dawn prayers, killing at least five soldiers in what the government denounced as a “cowardly terrorist act.”Armed forces spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali, in a statement, cast blame on the Muslim Brotherhood, which in December was formally designated a terrorist organization by the military-backed interim government.

However, other groups have claimed responsibilty for some of the attacks attributed by Egyptian authorities to the Brotherhood, the movement of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The militant group Ansar Bayd Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, has been linked to some of the most violent and sophisticated attacks in recent months, some of those away from its Sinai base.

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SOURCE: Laura King 
The Los Angeles Times

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