An Egyptian soldier was shot dead in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, security officials said, and militants released a video showing attacks against the army in the region where the state is trying to stamp out al-Qaeda-linked fighters.
The soldier, a conscript, was shot while standing guard by a government building the town of Sheikh Zuweid, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the sources said. He was hit in the stomach.
Militant Islamists have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai since the army deposed President Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3.
The army spokesman said on Sept. 15 that more than 100 members of the security forces had been killed in Sinai since Mursi’s downfall.
The militants expanded into a security vacuum left by the 2011 downfall of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Since Mursi was ousted, they have mounted almost daily attacks.
One of the groups, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, posted a video on a jihadist website showing what appeared to be a roadside bomb attack on one armored vehicle in Sinai. In a second attack caught on camera, a parked armored vehicle was engulfed by an explosion after a man is seen placing something beneath it.
It did not specify where or when the attacks took place.
The video also included images of the aftermath of a third attack, showing what appeared to be human remains near an army vehicle that had been hit.
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, meaning “Supporters of Jerusalem,” claimed responsibility for a Sept. 5 suicide bomb attack in Cairo that tried to assassinate the interior minister. He survived unscathed.
The group first appeared in 2012, when it claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on a pipeline being used to export gas to Israel. Its stated aim was to mount a holy war against Israel from Egyptian territory.
But since Mursi’s downfall it has turned its attention to attacking Egyptian security forces in Sinai and has issued statements demanding they leave the territory.
Suspected Islamist militants bomb police bus in Egypt’s SinaiNine Egyptian police conscripts were wounded in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday after a roadside bomb targeted a bus they were traveling in, security ... Middle East
Egypt army seizes weapons stockpile in Sinai, says spokesmanEgypt's armed forces have seized a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai, military spokesman Ahmed Ali said on Sunday in a press conference. ... Middle East
Egypt military helicopters hit Sinai militants: SecurityEgyptian military helicopters on Friday carried out air strikes on Islamist militant positions in Sinai, two days after suicide bombers killed six ... Middle East
Militant group claims bombing of Egypt’s intelligence facility in SinaiThe Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has declared responsibility for an explosion that killed six Egyptian soldiers and ... Middle East
Egypt tightens grip on Sinai security, assesses militant threatWhile continuing assaults on militants in Sinai, Egyptian authorities on Monday announced a tightened grip on security it the restive peninsula. The ... Middle East