Grenade attacks kill 17 in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
Sinai Province, the Egyptian wing of Islamic State, suspected of attacks on checkpoints
Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades have attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt’s Sinai region, killing 15 soldiers and two civilians. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt’s Sinai region, killing 15 soldiers and two civilians, security sources said.
The attacks defied one of the toughest security crackdowns in the country’s history.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks but militants who support Islamic State have previously carried out similar operations in the Sinai Peninsula.
In January, Islamic State’s Egypt wing, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that killed at least 30 people.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi mounted a violent crackdown on the Islamist movement after deposing Mr Morsi. Security forces killed hundreds in the streets and arrested thousands in an effort to neutralise what was once Egypt’s most organised political group.
Sinai Province and other militant organisations opposed to the US-backed government have proven resilient.