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a terrorist organization of militant Islamists organized into tiny cells of extreme fundamentalists

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The Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya group was responsible for the infamous 1997 Luxor attack in which at least 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians were killed.
Under the reign of Hosni Mubarak, the regime's repression, much of which targeted Salafist terror groups, such as al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, deterred Salafists from entering politics.
Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya declared a cease-fire in 1999 after the government agreed a prisoner amnesty.
MPs also recommended the return of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the "Blind Sheikh," former leader of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya who is serving a life sentence in the US, as well as other Egyptian detainees in American prisons.
That has not stopped Salafist groups such as al-Gamaa al-Islamiya and the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood moving to create parties to compete in September elections.
State authorities have long been wary of Islamist groups, cracking down after President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981 and crushing an uprising by Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and Egypt's Jihad in the 1990s.
But a fierce crackdown followed President Anwar Sadat's 1981 assassination and then during the 1990s uprising by al-Gamaa al-Islamiya and Egypt's Jihad group, which targeted ministers and Western tourists.
"The protest will demand the release of Egyptian detainees around the world," said Salafi Front spokesperson, Khaled Saeed, referring to detainees such as Omar Abdel Rahman, former leader of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya who is serving a life sentence in the US for plotting to attack the United Nation headquarters and other New York City landmarks.
In another sign of the transformation of Egyptian politics, Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya (Islamic Group), which took up arms against Mubarak's administration in the 1990s and was crushed by security forces, held its first public meeting in 15 years.
Minya, known to be the stronghold of the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and the province with the second biggest Coptic population, witnessed heated competition between three liberal parties fielding three Coptic candidates on top of their lists to face Islamists in the first round.
Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya led an insurgency against Mubarak from the city during the 1990s before renouncing violence and claiming a stake in politics.
MINYA: Competition intensified in Minya between the ultra conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Building and Development Party (BDP) and Coptic candidates in the Upper Egyptian province that enjoys the second highest Coptic population and the strongest concentration of the Islamic group.
The scene was dominated by Islamist and Salafi groups and parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and its political party the Building and Development Party, in addition to Salafi parties including Al-Nour Party and Al-Asala Party, formerly known as Al-Fadila.
Nageh Ibrahim, a leading member of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya (Islamic Group), which took up arms against Mubarak in the 1990s and lost, said Sadat had brought the Islamist movement many benefits and that in retrospect it was a mistake to kill him in 1981.
CAIRO: The family of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, former leader of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, filed a request to the ruling military council on Tuesday, urging them to demand his release from a US prison before handing over the suspected American-Israeli spy to the US government.