Egyptian soldiers killed or wounded in Sinai attack
Jul 08 2017
The officials initially put the death toll at 10.
The militants arrived at the checkpoint, which is in a remote desert area, in 24 SUVs, and shot at the soldiers with machine guns for almost half an hour, the officials said. The force at the compound is estimated at 60 troops.
This photo posted on a file sharing website Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, by the Islamic State Group in Sinai, a militant organization, shows a deadly attack by militants on an Egyptian police checkpoint, in el-Arish, north Sinai, Egypt. It was unclear if they took over armored vehicles as well.
Ambulances rushed into the scene, and the security forces were combing the nearby roads in search of perpetrators.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak to the media.
The security sources said 23 army personnel were killed in the attack while the number of wounded stands at 33. He didn't prove a breakdown.
Iran has censured attacks on two security checkpoints in the militancy-riddled Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, warning of a new wave of indiscriminate terrorist attacks by "defeated" Daesh Takfiris in different parts of the world.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attacks were mainly centered in Sinai Peninsula, but some extended to the capital and Delta cities.
IS has also killed dozens of people in attacks targeting Egypt's Coptic Christian minority elsewhere in the country, and claimed it planted the bomb that brought down a plane carrying tourists in Sinai in 2015, killing 224 people on board. The Egyptian Armed Forces did not clarify how numerous soldiers were killed in the attack.
In January, eight policemen were killed in the city of el-Arish in a vehicle bomb explosion.
The insurgents in Sinai pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province.