At least 11 Egyptian soldiers died this Saturday in an action perpetrated by radicals east of the Suez Canal, in the eastern part of Egypt, reported the spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces, Gharib Abdelhafez, in what is considered one of the worst attacks against security forces in recent years.
“A group of Takfiris (radicals) attacked a water pumping station east of the Suez Canal, and the attack was repelled by those in charge of working on this station, which caused the death of an officer and ten soldiers, and injuries to five people“, according to a statement from the Egyptian military spokesman published on its official Facebook account.
assured that “the terrorists are being persecuted” after they hid “in isolated areas” of the Sinai Peninsula, where the security forces have been carrying out a campaign against terrorism since February 2018 in the center and north of the region, where strong radical groups have become, including the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, the so-called Wilayat Sina.
“The Armed Forces reaffirm their continuous efforts to eradicate terrorism and eliminate it,” concludes the statement from the military spokesman.
The Egyptian Army did not name any group as the perpetrator of the attack and so far no organization has claimed this action.
Military and security forces are often targeted in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but such actions take place far from the Suez Canal, one of the main shipping lanes for world trade.
Until now, the Suez Canal Authority has not reacted to this information.
In addition, the attacks that the Egyptian security forces are usually the target of are usually with explosives or armed assaults, but the frequency of attacks has been spaced out and they have barely occurred in the last two years.
The information provided by the Egyptian Army is the only official information about its operations in the north and center of Sinai against extremist groups, an area whose access is prohibited to the press.