A national court in the still troubled Arab nation of Egyptian ruled on Thursday that a relatively new group of Muslim extremists, who were allegedly responsible for a number of bombings and other attacks, is "a terrorist organization," the Egyptian news media reported.
The government has labeled the self-proclaimed Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) as a result of the groups activities beginning in January. Ajnad Misr's leaders claim that they will target what they categorized as "criminal forces" within the Egyptian government. They claim this retaliation is payback for the government's crackdown on -- and "persecution" of -- Muslim supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a vocal member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Last month, Ajnad Misr took credit for a major bomb attack in the center of Cairo. One police officer was killed while his partner was severely wounded in the blast.
The announcement on Thursday that Ajnad Misr was added to Egypt's list of terrorist groups was issued by Egypt's CUMC (Cairo Urgent Matters Court).
Last month, CUMC announced that the al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Bayt Al-Magdis (Jerusalem's Worriers) is also a terrorist group. That group was also labeled a designated terrorist group by the U.S. State Department in April.
Since the Egyptian military removed President Morsi in July 2013, terrorist organizations have increased in numbers and they've been attacking police and military targets in a number of cities including Cairo.
An Egyptian government report stated that nearly 500 soldiers and police officers have been killed in terrorist attacks.