North Sinai militants install security checkpoints, ask for IDs
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Roads connecting the cities of Arish and Sheikh Zuwayed have fallen under the control of militant groups, who have allegedly put in place security checkpoints, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

It appears that travelers are being subjected to identity screening by unidentified armed groups, including some cases of background check  via computers, eye-witnesses said, adding that during the inspection process, gunmen seem to check papers presented against other documents.

Youm7 also reported Monday night that military forces killed two persons in Sheikh Zuwayed, who were suspected of participating in taking down a military jet.

No further information specified who those people were or to which organization they are affiliated, nor which military incident the suspects were involved in.

The most recent accident occurred on Jan. 25; five soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Sinai. Despite the army’s claims at the time that the plane broke down due a technical problem, Sinai-based militants Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis declared responsibility for the incident, releasing a video a few days later, displaying a man shooting the helicopter with a missile launcher.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.

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