by WorldTribune Staff, July 11, 2016
Security forces thwarted an attack on a North Sinai checkpoint by heavily-armed terrorists on July 10, the Egyptian military said.
Egyptian forces stopped the attack in Sheikh Zuweid “after they monitored a gathering of militants near the checkpoint based on intelligence information, killing them through strikes conducted by air forces and field artillery,” army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir said, according to the Al-Ahram newspaper.
Samir said that, in recent days, Egyptian forces have conducted major counter terror strikes, including the killing of 14 jihadists in operations in the areas of El-Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. He added that the killed terrorists possessed three fire machine guns, 234 bullets, two grenades, and wireless devices.
Most of the terrorist attacks in Sinai have been claimed by Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).
Among the attacks claimed by Sinai Province were the assassination of a top Egyptian police general, who was gunned down as he left his home in a west Cairo neighborhood, and a bus bombing on a tour bus filled with South Korean tourists in the Sinai.
The group has also claimed responsibility for several rocket attacks from the Sinai Peninsula on southern Israel.