İrem UZUN -TDO- Ten soldiers have been killed or wounded in a blast targeting an armored vehicle in northern Sinai on Thursday, the Egyptian army said. Army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said the casualties from the incident in the southern city of Bir al-Abed included an officer but did not provide a breakdown on the numbers killed or wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gave his condolences in a statement posted on social media. In his Facebook page, he shared a message saying “May God have mercy on our children, and everyone who presented himself as a martyr or a victim of redemption for Egypt, may God have mercy on everyone who narrated with blood and sweat in order to remain alive and his flag raised. God save Egypt and its people”.
For years, Egypt has been fighting the Sinai affiliate of ISIS in the border region. Violence escalated in 2013, following the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi by the army. Most extremist attacks have occurred in northern Sinai, but militants have also struck at police officers, troops and other high-profile targets in the mainland. In 2018, Egyptian army launched a nationwide operation targeting militants, focusing mainly on the North Sinai region. According to army data, at least 845 militants have been killed in operations, along with more than 60 security personnel.