Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on a military vehicle which occurred on Sunday, September 13, in North Sinai province and resulted in several security personnel wounded and their vehicle being damaged. Reports suggest that the patrol vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) south of Rab'aa village, to the west of Bir al-Abed, causing its detonation. The exact number of casualties is not yet confirmed.
Similar attacks and counter security operations are to be expected in North Sinai over the near term.
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.
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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