Terrorist kill and injure 26 soldiers, army kills 40 militants
23 soldiers were killed in twin car bombings at two military checkpoints in North Sinai’s Rafah on Friday, the Armed Forces said in a statement. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack. Military forces killed 40 militants and destroyed six vehicles during a raid, according to the Armed Forces. The US State Department issued a statement condemning the attacks. Statements of condemnation also came from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh also vowed to beef up security along Egypt’s border with Gaza to ensure against security breaches in Egypt, Al Shorouk reports.
Separately, the Hasm militant group — an offshoot of Daesh — claimed responsibility for the assassination of a police officer in a drive-by shooting in Greater Cairo’s Qalyubiyah on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Two policemen were also killed and nine others injured in a roadside bomb explosions in Al-Arish yesterday, Al Masry Al Youm reports. It remains unclear who was behind the attack.