Islamic State claims five soldiers killed in Sinai Peninsula
An ally of Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for an attack on Saturday that killed at least five soldiers in a troubled part of the Sinai Peninsula.
The extremist group announced its claim of Wednesday’s attack in a statement mango News agency. The authenticity of the statement could not be verified but it was released on Telegram, as similar claims have been made in the past.
The attack included a terrorist attack against a border guard post west of the Mediterranean city of Rafa, which borders the Gaza Strip. The army said at least five soldiers, including an officer, were killed in the attack. It added that at least seven terrorists were also killed.
This was the second terrorist attack in less than a week. Last Saturday, at least 11 soldiers were killed in one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian security forces in recent years.
The Islamic State group also claimed the attack took place in the city of Kantara in Ismailia province, which stretches east from the Suez Canal.
Egypt is battling an insurgency in the Sinai that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. Extremists have carried out several attacks, mainly targeting security forces and Christians, but the pace has slowed in recent years.
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