Sinai attack – Islamic State claims responsibility

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Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacking an Egyptian military vehicle in North Sinai that killed and wounded military personnel, the group’s Amaq news agency reported.

The attack was on Thursday south of Bir al-Abd city in the Northern Sinai region. Egypt’s military said 10 military personnel were killed or wounded in a blast targeting an armoured vehicle.

Amaq said Islamic State militants targeted an Egyptian army armoured vehicle in Bir al-Abd detonating an explosive device, without giving evidence or details of how many were involved.

Egypt is fighting Islamist insurgents who killed hundreds of police and soldiers in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula since the ousting of Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.