Thursday,16 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1390, (19 - 25 April 2018)
Thursday,16 August, 2018
Issue 1390, (19 - 25 April 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Suicide bomb attack

The Armed Forces in Sinai repelled a major terrorist attack targeting a military camp last weekend, reports Ahmed Eleiba

Suicide bomb attack
Suicide bomb attack

In an official statement Army Spokesman Colonel Tamer Rifaai said that 14 terrorists, four wearing explosive vests and all carrying machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPJs), attempted to invade a military camp in Central Sinai before dawn on Saturday.

The attack was repelled when guards and other servicemen engaged the assailants. The four wearing explosive vests detonated them outside the camp, killing eight soldiers and wounding 15.

It was the first terrorist attack of its kind since Comprehensive Operation Sinai (COS) 2018 began on 9 February. Sinai Province issued a statement on the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency describing the attackers as Muhajir, suggesting they were not from Egypt. The Sinai Province organisation draws a distinction between the “Ansar”, local operatives originally affiliated with Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, the Sinai terrorist organisation that declared allegiance to Islamic State and changed its name to Sinai Province several years ago, and the “Muhajirin”, or foreign operatives.

According to military officers on the ground, Sinai Province is finding it increasingly difficult to recruit locally and has been forced to look for new operatives in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Recruits from these conflict zones are well trained and experienced in carrying out terrorist activities. They infiltrated Sinai following the defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa and Mosul but before COS 2018 was launched.

In a related development, naval contingents of the Southern Fleet, in collaboration with the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate for Drug Control, intercepted, boarded and searched a suspect ship on which they discovered 1,350 kilogrammes of raw heroin, enough to make 14 tons of street heroin with additives.

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