Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Attack on Egyptian Troops in Sinai

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack that killed an officer and 10 Egyptian soldiers in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

Saturday’s attack was one of the deadliest in recent years in northern Sinai, where Egypt’s security forces have been battling Islamist militants with links to Islamic State.

Last week, suspected fighters blew up a natural gas pipeline in northern Sinai’s town of Bir al-Abd, causing a fire but no casualties.

Egypt has been battling armed groups loyal to ISIL (ISIS) in the Sinai Peninsula which intensified after the military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi – the country’s first democratically-elected president – in 2012.

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