ISIS claims attack that killed five soldiers in Egypt

Ambush latest in troubled Sinai Peninsula claimed by the extremist group

An image grab taken from a handout video released by the official Facebook page of Egypt's Military Spokesman on December 8, 2020 shows an Egyptian army pickup trucks and humvees (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles - HMMWVs) driving in the desert. Residents of Egypt's restive North Sinai region ran for their lives when an Islamic State group affiliate occupied their villages. Now, they are returning to find their homes booby-trapped. The IED attacks that have multiplied in the vast, remote and sparsely populated region which authorities have declared off-limits to journalists recall those the IS launched to sow terror in Iraq and Syria. - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


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An ISIS affiliate in Egypt on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least five troops in the Sinai Peninsula.

The extremist group announced its claim of Wednesday’s attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. The authenticity of the statement could not be verified but it was released on Telegram, as similar claims have been in the past.

The attack involved an ambush against a border guard checkpoint west of the Mediterranean city of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip.

The military said at least five troops, including an officer, were killed in the attack. At least seven militants were also killed, it said.

It was the second militant attack in less than a week.

Last Saturday, at least 11 troops were killed, in one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian security forces in recent years.

ISIS also claimed that attack, which took place in the town of Qantara in the province of Ismailia, which stretches eastwards from the Suez Canal.

Egypt is battling an insurgency in Sinai that intensified after the military overthrew elected but divisive Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Extremists have carried out scores of attacks since, mainly against security forces and Christians, but the pace has slowed in recent years.

Updated: May 14, 2022, 7:39 PM
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