At least 23 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai vehicle bomb attacks

The two cars blew up as they passed through two checkpoints close to each other on a road outside Rafah, on the border with the Gaza Strip, the security sources said.

The Egyptian army stated in response that security forces killed about 40 terrorists and defused six other vehicles meant to explode.

"A auto broke into an army checkpoint in the village of Al-Bars, south of Rafah", the source said. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

10 Egyptian soldiers die in North Sinai car bombing
Egypt: Ten soldiers killed in Sinai suicide attack

Islamic State is leading an insurgency in the rugged and thinly populated northern Sinai desert, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013, when the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi following mass protests.

The attackers did, however, manage to detonate a auto bomb near an army checkpoint, according to the statement, leaving at least 26 security personnel either dead or injured.

The sources said the militants belong to Sinai-based Sinai State group, which declared loyalty to the Islamic State (IS) group in 2014.


The militants arrived at the checkpoint, which is in a remote desert area, in 24 SUVs, and shot at the soldiers with machine guns for almost half an hour, the officials said.

"Unidentified gunmen attacked a military barricade in the village of Al-Barth in the city of Rafah", the source, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media, said. On his page, al-Rifai posted photographs of allegedly slain militants dressed in military uniforms.

NAN reports that on April 9, ISIS claimed responsibility for two bomb blasts that struck Coptic churches in Egypt, in which 47 people were killed on Palm Sunday.


Later in the day, an officer at Egypt's National Security Sector, previously named as state security premise, responsible for investigations on extremist Islamists, was shot dead by unknown militants after Friday prayer in Qalyoubia province, north of the capital. About 100 Copts have been killed in such attacks in mainland Egypt since December.



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