IS Egypt branch claims deadly at­tacks on check­points in Si­nai

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Egyptian af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity Fri­day for deadly at­tacks on army check­points in the Si­nai Penin­sula that killed 15 sol­diers and two civil­ians.

Ji­hadists launched si­mul­ta­ne­ous at­tacks Thurs­day on five check­points in the restive Si­nai with as­sault ri­fles and grenade launch­ers, the dead­li­est in months against Egyptian se­cu­rity forces.

Medics said 15 sol­diers and two civil­ians were killed.

"The li­ons of the Si­nai Prov­ince early on Thurs­day launched wide scale si­mul­ta­ne­ous at­tacks against se­cu­rity check­points on the road be­tween Rafah and Ar­ish," in North Si­nai, the group said in a tweet.

An­sar Beit al-Maqdis — Par­ti­sans of Jerusalem in English — changed its name last year to Si­nai Prov­ince af­ter pledg­ing al­le­giance to IS, which con­trols chunks of ter­ri­tory in Iraq and Syria.

The group, which has pre­vi­ously claimed sev­eral so­phis­ti­cated at­tacks in Si­nai and the Nile val­ley, now wants to es­tab­lish in Egypt a prov­ince of the self-de­clared IS "caliphate."

In the tweet, the group said all those who took part in the at­tacks had re­turned safely to their base, coun­ter­ing army re­ports that 15 mil­i­tants were killed in an ex­change of fire.

Ji­hadists have car­ried out regular at­tacks against se­cu­rity forces since the army ousted Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi in July 2013.

They say the at­tacks are in re­tal­i­a­tion to a deadly gov­ern­ment crack­down against Is­lamists.

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