Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded in the attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula by the Islamic state group. This group pledged its allegiance to ISIS and tried to establish territory, but they were unable to hold it. Now, they are fighting a war of attrition and have used the Sinai as a launch pad to conduct attacks against tourist and Christians in the rest of Egypt. The Egyptian military has been working to encircle the group and drive them out but the group continues to be a potent force inside of Egypt.
07/08/2017 Egypt (Daily Mail) –Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded on Friday in attacks on checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group is conducting an insurgency, the military said.
Security officials who requested anonymity said at least seven soldiers were killed, but it was not immediately possible to obtain an official death toll.
The military said it killed 40 assailants as it clashed with extremists in North Sinai, the main focus of the deadly IS insurgency.
Security officials said ambulances raced to the sites of the attacks south of the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip.
Jihadists have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in attacks in North Sinai since the military toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.
North of Cairo, two gunmen shot dead an officer with the police’s National Security service on Friday as he left his home, the interior ministry said in a statement.