08 July, 2017
Suicide auto bomb attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, Egypt, have left at least 23 soldiers dead, Egyptian security sources say. The force at the compound is estimated at 60 troops.
After the attack, the militants looted the checkpoint, taking away weapons and ammunition before fleeing the scene, the officials added. The terrorists drove in two vehicles and blew themselves up as they passed through an army checkpoint.
The army is now combing the area and searching for the attackers.
A number of foreign ministries have issued statements condemning a militant attack in North Sinai on Friday that killed or injured 26 Egyptian soldiers.
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IS has also attacked tourists, killing all 224 on board a Russian plane carrying holidaymakers in 2015, as well as Christian churches in mainland Egypt.
For the past three years, Egyptian forces have been fighting Daesh offshoot Wilayat Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula.
"These inhumane attacks, whether in Egypt or in England, only strengthen our determination to defeat the terrorist killers", Casson said, adding that the United Kingdom would continue standing with Egypt in its war against terrorism.
Egypt has accused Hamas of fomenting unrest in the region and aiding the insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, especially in the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of Islamic President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood organization.
_Ashraf Sweilam in El-Arish, Egypt. The group's offshoot in Libya has been uprooted in months-long battles in the central city of Sirte while its branch in Yemen has failed to seize territories or compete with its al-Qaida rivals.