Egypt Military Targeted In Deadly Sinai Attack

Egypt's military has long tried to quell violence in the restive northern Sinai region.

Egypt's military has long tried to quell violence in the restive northern Sinai region.

Egypt’s military has long tried to quell violence in the restive northern Sinai region.

At least 26 people, mostly soldiers, have been killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants in the north of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. A car bomb and rockets hit several military targets in the North Sinai province capital of El-Arish. Other attacks took place in the town of Sheik Zuwayid and in Rafah, near Gaza. Militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledges allegiance to Islamic State, said it carried out the “extensive, simultaneous” attacks. Security officials said rockets were first fired at police offices, a military base and a military hotel in El-Arish before a car bomb exploded at the rear gate of the military base. Several army checkpoints in the city were also targeted. Newspaper al-Ahram said it’s El-Arish office- which is opposite the hotel and base- had been completely destroyed.

 

Four soldiers were wounded in an attack at a checkpoint outside El-Arish and an army major was later shot dead at a checkpoint in Rafah, medical and security sources said. More than 50 people were wounded in the attacks. North Sinai has been under a state of emergency and a curfew since October when an attack on a checkpoint killed dozens of soldiers. The army has launched major operations to try to quell violence in the region, but has so far failed. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has become the biggest threat, staging many attacks on security targets. The group, which was originally inspired by al-Qaeda but later pledged allegiance to Islamic State, has called on Egyptians to rebel against President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

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