No threat to Egypt’s pyra­mids

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

CAIRO—Egypt’s Is­lamic au­thor­ity has down­played re­cent threats by IS that the mil­i­tant group could de­stroy the Giza pyra­mids, the state-owned Ahram On­line re­ported Satur­day.

“This is un­likely in Egypt in light of a strong state and de­ter­rent in­sti­tu­tions,” Dar AlIfta, the Egyp­tian state body that is­sues Is­lamic edicts, said in a state­ment.

Dar Al-Ifta said such threats are “un­re­al­is­tic” amid what it de­scribed as series of suc­cess­ful se­cu­rity blows that led to a “de­cline in ter­ror­ist at­tacks” in Egypt.

IS made the threat in a 10minute video it re­leased show­ing its mil­i­tants blow­ing up a 2,500-year-old tem­ple in Iraq.De­mol­ish­ing the tem­ple of Nabu - the Baby­lo­nian god of wis­dom - in the an­cient Assyr­ian city of Nim­rud in north­ern Iraq is the lat­est of IS at­tacks against his­toric sites in the coun­try.—Age­nies

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