At­tack­ers kill five Egyp­tian sol­diers in Si­nai Penin­sula

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - FOREIGN NEWS -

At least five sol­diers have been killed by un­known gun­men in Egypt’s Si­nai Penin­sula, ac­cord­ing to mil­i­tary of­fi­cials, in the lat­est at­tack to hit the trou­bled area. “The armed forces mourn with great sad­ness and sor­row the five mar­tyrs who were mar­tyred in Si­nai at the hands of dis­loyal fun­da­men­tal­ist el­e­ments, en­e­mies of the na­tion and re­li­gion,” the mil­i­tary said in a state­ment on Mon­day. The state­ment did not give any fur­ther de­tails about the lo­ca­tion or the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent, but on­line me­dia re­ports said the at­tack hap­pened late on Sun­day. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the deadly in­ci­dent. An armed movement in the rugged and thinly pop­u­lated Si­nai Penin­sula has gained pace since the mil­i­tary top­pled Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi, of the Mus­lim Brother­hood, in mid-2013. Since then, hun­dreds of po­lice of­fi­cers and sol­diers have been killed in at­tacks. Ear­lier in Jan­uary, a truck-bomb at­tack on a check­point killed at least seven po­lice of­fi­cers in the city of ElAr­ish in north­ern Si­nai. In Novem­ber, a car-bomb at­tack on a check­point in Si­nai killed eight sol­diers. The Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group’s Egyp­tian branch in the Si­nai Penin­sula has also car­ried out sev­eral such at­tacks over the past two years.

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