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Egypt forces foil bomb attack on military checkpoint

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (C) shaking hands with a member of the security forces during a visit to the Sinai Peninsula, July 4, 2015. (AFP)

Egyptian soldiers have foiled a car bomb attack meant to target a military outpost on a highway leading to the canal city of Suez, military sources say. 

An Egyptian military spokesman, whose name was not mentioned in the report, announced the news in a message posted on a social networking website on Wednesday.

The attacker riding an explosives-laden vehicle tried to hit the site on the highway between the capital, Cairo, and Suez, the spokesman added. The Egyptian soldiers responded to the attempted terrorist attack by destroying the vehicle and killing the driver.  

A militant group known as Velayat Sinai (the Sinai Province), which is linked to the Takfiri ISIL terrorists, has claimed responsibility for the attempted attack.

The group recently pledged allegiance to ISIL and changed its name from Ansar Bait al-Maqdis to Velayat Sinai.

Most of the deadly assaults on Egyptian security forces bear the hallmarks of those carried out by militants currently operating in the restive Sinai Peninsula, which Egypt considers as a safe haven for gunmen who use the region as a base for their acts of terror.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (3rd right) and other officials walk past the bombed compound of the Italian consulate in Cairo on July 13, 2015. (AFP)

 

The attempted car bombing comes days after a similar attack struck the Italian consulate in the Egyptian capital. A passer-by died and nine other people were injured. 

ISIL claimed responsibility for the consulate attack.

Following the attack on the Italian diplomatic building, the media spokesman for Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said in a statement that ISIL’s actions, including the consulate bombing, are used by the military-backed administration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a pretext to put more pressure on the Brotherhood. Sisi accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of having ties with ISIL. The Brotherhood denies the allegation.

Since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically-elected president of Egypt, in July 2013, attacks on security forces have increased across the North African country.


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