Al Qaeda in Egypt Leader Calls for Attacks On Women and Children

Blogs ABC News June 25, 2007 11:53 AM

Hoda Osman and Maddy Sauer Report:

Alqaedainegy_mn_2 The Egyptian militant who leads the group he calls "Al Qaeda in Egypt" has called for his followers to launch attacks in Egypt to "strike against all Zionist-Crusader targets" there, including women and children.

The statement of Mohammed Khalil al Hakayma, who is wanted by the United States, is dated yesterday and has been posted on numerous jihadi Web sites.

"Rise up and pluck out the Zionist presence in Egypt," he says. "Rise up and inflame a war on them everywhere. Do not differentiate between a military and a civilian person. As they struck against our women and children, we will kill their women and children."

Last year, Hakayma claimed the Egyptian Islamist group al Gamaa al Islamiya had joined al Qaeda.

The group, which has publicly renounced violence as part of a deal with the Egyptian government, however, issued a strong denial. 

Al Hakayma later appeared in a jihadi video criticizing the group and called on its members to join al Qaeda as he says he has.

It is unclear just how much support or how many real followers Hakayma has in Egypt, as Hakayma himself is not believed to be there.

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