CAIRO (AP) -- A little-known militant group that recently surfaced in Egypt says it has killed more than two dozen policemen and soldiers in attacks in three provinces.
The al-Qaida-inspired Ansar al-Shariah Brigades claims it was behind the slayings of 26 Egyptian troops in what it describes as "the first phase of a campaign to punish traitors."
The statement says the troops were killed by "one bullet to the head." It doesn't say when the alleged attacks took place.
Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the killings of the 26 troops, though dozens of soldiers and policemen have died in escalating militant attacks following the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July.
The authenticity of the statement, which was posted on militant websites on Tuesday, could not be independently verified.
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