Mil­i­tary of­fi­cer killed, 3 sol­diers in­jured in ex­plo­sion in North Si­nai

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An Egyp­tian lieu­tenant colonel was killed and three sol­diers were in­jured in an ex­plo­sion that tar­geted their ar­moured per­son­nel car­rier (APC) in North Si­nai, on Sun­day, Reuters re­ported.

TheAPC was im­ple­ment­ing a se­cu­rity mis­sion in Al-Hasana when it was tar­geted by mil­i­tants af­fil­i­ated to the Prov­ince of Si­nai group,the Egyp­tian branch of the Is­lamic State.

A se­cu­rity source told Reuters that the three sol­diers were brought to the mil­i­tary hospi­tal in Suez, east­ern Cairo.

The Egyp­tian mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity forces, as well as some Si­nai tribes, have been bat­tling in North Si­nai for nearly four years against ex­trem­ist mil­i­tants af­fil­i­ated with the so-called Is­lamic State group.

The group has launched deadly at­tacks on army and po­lice check­points. Over the course of the last two years,the Egyp­tian armed forces launched coun­ter­at­tacks against mil­i­tant sta­tion­ing points across the Si­nai Penin­sula, where the group is based,par­tic­u­larly in the cities of Sheikh Zuweid,Rafah,an­dAl-Ar­ish.

In the last pe­riod, Si­nai tribes have been get­ting in­creas­ingly in­volved in the mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion with the mil­i­tants, leav­ing deaths on both sides.

In a dif­fer­ent con­text, the of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the Egyp­tian army Tamer El-Re­faay re­leased an of­fi­cial state­ment on Mon­day on the ef­forts ex­erted by the bor­der guard forces in se­cur­ing Egypt’s bor­ders since May 2017.

The state­ment pub­lished on Face­book as­serted that the ef­forts in­cluded the dis­cov­ery of smug­gling tun­nels on the bor­ders in North Si­nai and tar­get­ing drug deal­ers.

More­over, the state­ment noted that in the con­text of the West­ern Mil­i­tary Re­gion lo­cated near the north-west­ern part of the coun­try in Marsa Ma­trouh gov­er­norate, dozens of drug parcels were seized.Ad­di­tion­ally, an at­tempt of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion was foiled when forces man­aged to ar­rest 351 in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties.

The APC was im­ple­ment­ing a se­cu­rity mis­sion in Al-Hasana

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