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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Helwan attack might not be an act of terrorism, Daily News Egypt suggests

Murder of eight cops in Helwan the result of Bedouin truce breakdown, not terror? The attack in Helwan that left eight police officers killed might not be “related to terrorism,” but rather “due to tensions between Bedouin tribes in Helwan and the police force there,” area residents told Daily News Egypt. The attack was claimed by both Daesh and a movement calling itself the People’s Resistance. One area resident suggested that “during the Mubarak era, there was an informal truce between police and the Abu Arida tribe. This tribe possesses weapons and is involved in drug trafficking but promised the police to not interfere with state security forces [and in return the police would turn a blind eye to illegal activities]. However, following the 25 January Revolution, there were accusations from both sides that this truce had been breached.” (Read)

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