An improvised explosive device (IED) blast left at least ten soldiers dead near the village of Tuffaha, located south of Bir al-Abd (North Sinai province), on Thursday, April 30. The soldiers were reportedly on patrol when the blast hit their armored vehicle. As of Thursday evening (local time), no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Similar attacks are to be expected in North Sinai province over the near term.
Egyptian security forces are in the middle of a counterterrorism operation named "Sinai 2018" that aims to neutralize militant and terrorist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula, Nile Delta, and the Western Desert. Egypt frequently conducts raids on suspected militant groups following terrorist attacks. The raids' targets are not typically confirmed by independent reporting and foreign tourists have previously been killed in similar operations.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from traveling to North Sinai province, report suspicious behavior and objects to the authorities, remain vigilant when visiting areas vulnerable to terrorist attacks (e.g. tourist sites, churches, international and government buildings, public transportation hubs, etc.), and anticipate similar security operations over the near term. Adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and your home government.
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