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30 juill. 2020 | 16h31 UTC

Egypt: IS claims IED attack on police patrol in North Sinai province July 29

Egypt Alerte de sécurité

Islamic State claims responsibility for IED attack on police patrol in North Sinai province on July 29; similar attacks are likely in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/7/2020, 11h00 until 1/8/2020, 10h59 (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Arish, North Sinai Governorate

Event

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police patrol which resulted in at least four police officers injured on Wednesday, July 29, in North Sinai province. Reports suggest that a police patrol struck an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst traveling along the El Qantra Shark - El Arish road west of El Arish.

Similar attacks and counter security operations are to be expected in North Sinai 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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