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Shadowy militant group says it's behind deadly Cairo bombing

Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT

CAIRO – A shadowy militant group in Egypt that is suspected of links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood has claimed responsibility for a deadly roadside bombing in Cairo the previous day.

The authorities say Sunday’s explosion in the Egyptian capital’s upscale suburb of Maadi, home to many foreigners and diplomats, was remotely detonated. One police officer was killed and four others were wounded.

The Hasm militant group says in a statement released on Monday that “members of the security forces are legitimate targets” since they have shed “the blood of peaceful demonstrators.”

It says the bombing was also a protest against parliament’s move to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Hasm accuses the government of “selling the homeland.”

The group has previously claimed several smaller attacks, mainly targeting policemen.