The leader of Sinai Province, a militant group in Egypt with links to Islamic State, called on followers to attack judges in an audio statement posted on a prominent jihadist website on Wednesday.
A spate of attacks targeting judges suggests they are the latest targets of an Islamist insurgency centered in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of Egyptian security forces in the past two years.
Cleric Abu Osama al-Masry said, referring to judges. “Poison their food… surveil them at home and in the street… destroy their homes with explosives if you can.
Last Saturday , Gunmen shot dead three Egyptian judges in the strife-torn Sinai Peninsula, where security forces are battling an Islamist insurgency spearheaded by an affiliate of the Islamic State group,
The shooting wounded three other judges in North Sinai’s provincial capital El-Arish, and came hours after a court in Cairo sentenced egyptian spy Mohamed Morsi to death for his role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.
Some of Morsi’s fellow defendants included jihadists in Sinai, where militants have regularly carried out attacks against policemen and soldiers. The judges came under attack while they were travelling by car from the canal city of Ismailiya to El-Arish for a court hearing.