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30 Aug 2020 | 05:02 PM UTC

Egypt: IED kills eight in Bir al-Abed (North Sinai province) August 30

Egypt News Alert

IED kills five soldiers and three officers in Bir al-Abed (North Sinai province) on August 30; further attacks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/29/2020, 11:00 PM until 8/30/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Bir al-Abed (North Sinai province), North Sinai Governorate

Event

An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Bir al-Abed (North Sinai province) on Saturday, August 30, killing at least eight army personnel, including five soldiers and three officers.

A heightened security presence is anticipated in the vicinity of the incident, along with disruptions to overland travel. Similar attacks are to be expected in North Sinai province over the near term.

Context

Egyptian security forces conduct regular operations due to the presence of 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.

Advice

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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