Update: ISIS Takes Credit for Attack on Israeli Tourists in Egypt
A Muslim extremist was arrested following an attack on tourists at the Three Pyramids Hotel in Egypt.
The Egyptian branch of ISIS took responsibility for the attack.
The Egyptian ISIS affiliate Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis said on Friday its members had carried out Thursday’s attack on a tourist bus outside a hotel near the Giza Pyramids which authorities say did not result in casualties.
Egypt’s interior ministry said the attack, which involved a group of people hurling fireworks, was aimed at security forces guarding the Three Pyramids hotel.
Ansar Beit-Maqdis said in a statement on Twitter that light arms were used in the attack on a tourist bus which came in response to a call by ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to target Jews “everywhere.”
The group claimed the attack resulted in deaths and injuries among “Jews and forces protecting the hotel,” though authorities say the incident left no casualties, but caused damage to the hotel’s facade and the tourist bus in front of the building.
Ansar Beit-Maqdis pledged allegiance to ISIS in November 2014.
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