From The Maritime Executive, September 6, 2013
The group Al Furqan is claiming responsibility for the August 31st attack on the COSCO Asia in the Suez Canal. A video of the attack was posted by the group Thursday, and they have promised additional attacks on ships using the canal. In a released statement the group claimed it was “targeting the international shipping waterway which has become a safe route for crusader aircraft carriers travelling to attack Muslims, and a trade artery for infidel and tyrannical states”.
Additional security forces have been deployed by the Egyptian military, which have positioned themselves along the canal waterway and have taken control of the canal installations. The Egyptian military did arrest three people in the wake of the ship attack.