Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

18 soldiers killed in ISIL ambush in Egypt's Sinai

18 soldiers killed in ISIL ambush in Egypt's Sinai

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but authorities said that they bore the hallmarks of the Velayat Sinai, a local affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014, and usually carries out similar assaults against the government forces. Security sources said that a roadside bomb targeted the armoured vehicles and set ablaze four of them.

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt's Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say. Following the explosion, the perpetrators opened fire on police officers.

One of the suspects reportedly attempted to detonate a suicide belt but was killed by the police.

A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

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The duel raids also led to the injury of three police officers, three conscripts from the Central Security Forces, in addition to the injury of an officer from the National Security Agency and another two police personnel.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. One of the militants, they said, died when an explosive device he meant to use against the policemen went off prematurely, killing him instantly.

They said initial enquiries indicate the militants were planning to attack state institutions, the police, the military and the judiciary, and to blow up key installations. The militants were said to be the suspected members of a splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

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