Missile strikes tank in North Sinai, six soldiers killed

Published April 20th, 2016 - 06:21 GMT
Egyptian soldiers in tanks roll through North Sinai. (AFP/File)
Egyptian soldiers in tanks roll through North Sinai. (AFP/File)

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed and more than ten others were wounded by a missile fired by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday evening in the North Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that gunmen fired an anti-tank missile at an armored personnel carrier traveling on the main road between the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and el-Arish.

The missile hit the target directly, killing six soldiers and injuring 12, the sources added.

The injured and deceased soldiers were all evacuated to an Egyptian army hospital in el-Arish.

Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

The Egyptian president came under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which Sisi has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

Beit Ansar al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel, aligned with Daesh in November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.

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