The Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 11 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai Peninsula.
Five soldiers received injuries in the IS attack targeted troops at their checkpoint guarding a water pumping station east of the Suez Canal.
The IS group on its Ahmaq propaganda internet site said that their fighters killed Egyptian soldiers and seized their weapons.
The Egyptian military said the troops were pursuing the attackers in the northern Sinai Peninsula, as they fled there after attacking the troops.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi strongly condemned the terrorist attack and praised the security forces for their “courage and bravery.”
President Fattah in Facebook post said that such “terrorist attacks cannot defeat the determination “of the government and security forces to fight the terrorists.
The government of Egypt has been fighting the Islamic State-led insurgency in the Sinai for many years. The major counter-terrorism operation was launched in February 2018, in which many radical cells pledged locality to the IS group and since then the militant group claimed responsibility for many attacks, mainly targeting security forces.
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