Mil­i­tant at­tack on army kills six in Si­nai

Gulf News - - MIDDLE EAST -

Six Egyp­tian sol­diers were killed in a “ter­ror­ist” at­tack in restive North Si­nai, where Is­lamist mil­i­tants are ac­tive, the army’s spokesman said yes­ter­day.

“Ter­ror­ist ele­ments at­tacked a se­cu­rity post in Al Ar­ish with hand grenades and firearms,” Tamer Al Ri­fai wrote on his Face­book page.

“The as­sailants fled and many were killed and wounded,” he said, with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails.

An in­sur­gency in the Si­nai Penin­sula has killed hun­dreds of troops and po­lice­men since the army ousted Egypt’s Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Mursi in 2013, with a Daesh af­fil­i­ate claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for many at­tacks.

Egyp­tian se­cu­rity forces are find­ing them­selves in­creas­ingly bogged down in their four-year fight against a Daesh af­fil­i­ate in the coun­try’s north­ern Si­nai Penin­sula, de­spite bil­lions of dol­lars in US coun­tert­er­ror­ism aid.

The strug­gle has cost the lives of hun­dreds of po­lice and sol­diers.

With Daesh near­ing de­feat in Iraq and Syria, its af­fil­i­ates are as­sert­ing them­selves in other parts of the world. The mil­i­tants have pen­e­trated the moun­tains of Tu­nisia and main­tain a ro­bust pres­ence in Libya.

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