In a communiqué issued April 7, 2005, al-Az Islamic Brigade in the Land of the Nile, a previously unknown insurgency group, claims responsibility for the bombing that occurred yesterday in al-Azhar district of Cairo. The group alleges that Abu al-Alaa al-Masry, a member of ?Brigade Number 2,? executed the bombing operation and died in the blast.
The message states four reasons for the attack, namely: avenging martyrs; warning Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ?that if there are some people sleeping, there are mujahideen who are awake and have their eyes on him;? taking revenge upon America and ?imperialist powers;? and finally, citing uncorroborated ?intelligence sources some of the victims were up to something against Islam.?
Referencing official reports of the incident, al-Az Islamic Brigade states that there are 4 casualties and a total of 18 wounded. Of the four dead, ?one of them was the operation executor.?
Speaking to all ?infidel armies? the message concluded with a warning ?[we] are not afraid of death, but we love it for Allah?s sake. We have an endless supply of suicidal brigades and men who can bomb your forts every day… Our tones (tunes) are gun shots and our swords are fire which will eat you.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.