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Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security

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  • Egyptian soldiers stands guard outside the election commission office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 19. In an audio interview with al-Qaida media arm as-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians. Egypt has been hit with violence since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year.

      Egyptian soldiers stands guard outside the election commission office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 19. In an audio interview with al-Qaida media arm as-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians. Egypt has been hit with violence since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year.
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CAIRO -- Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians.

In an audio interview with al-Qaida media arm as-Sahab posted early Saturday on a militant website, al-Zawahri advised jihadis that any armed confrontation should be popularly supported and that victory cannot be achieved without this support.

Al-Zawahri said the jihadis should choose their targets very carefully and explain the aims of each operation to the people.

He also harshly criticized Egypt's ultraconservative Islamist al-Nour Party, accusing it of deceit and deception by supporting the military backed interim government and secular constitution, which he considers void.

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