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Why Egypt's Terrorists May Choose to Go It Alone

Thomas Abi-Hanna
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 26, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
Policemen carry wreaths in Cairo on Feb. 19, 2019, at the funeral of Mahmud Abu el-Yzied, one of three policemen killed in a bombing the previous day.

Policemen carry wreaths in Cairo on Feb. 19, 2019, at the funeral of Mahmud Abu el-Yzied, one of three policemen killed in a bombing the previous day. Recent bombings suggest Egypt now faces a many-headed grassroots threat.

(AHMED HASAN/AFP/Getty Images)

After a relatively quiet 2018 in terms of terrorist attacks, Cairo and the adjacent tourist destination of Giza have experienced a series of bombings in the past two months. On Dec. 28, 2018, a roadside improvised explosive device exploded next to a tourist bus near the Pyramids in Giza, killing three tourists and an Egyptian tour guide and injuring 11 other people. On Feb. 15, police discovered three explosive devices, also in Giza. One of them detonated, injuring two police officers and three civilians. Then on Feb. 18, a suspected bombmaker detonated a suicide device while reportedly conducting pre-operational surveillance near central Cairo's Khan el-Khalili market, killing himself and two police officers and wounding three bystanders. This recent spate of unclaimed bombings strongly suggests Egypt now faces a more multifaceted, yet less potent, grassroots threat in addition to the threat posed by militant groups....

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