U.S. gov’t condemns Arish attack, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claims responsibility
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CAIRO: A number of political parties and figures condemned the brutal attack that killed at least 29 security personnel and injured other 49 in troubled North Sinai Thursday night, Youm7 reported Friday.

On its twitter account, the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack saying that they have launched series of simultaneous attacks against security forces in North Sinai cities of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed.

A fire exchange took place between security forces and “terrorists” who used mortar shells and car bombs in their attacks, according to statement released by military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

At least 29 people were killed and 36 others were injured in a series of attacks, an official source told Youm7, adding that the victims include 9 civilians.

Dostour Party condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with the families of the victims and the armed forces, describing their role in securing the country during such “complicated situation” as “heroic.”

The Egyptian Front issued a statement saying that “temporary solutions” proved its failure in confronting terrorism and these kinds of attacks aim basically to hamper Egypt’s development plans, including the economic summit, scheduled to be held in March, and hindering the last step of the road map; the parliament elections.

Tamer Al Zaidy from Al Moatamar party said terrorism will not intimidate the Egyptians; on the contrary, it will make them “more determined to eliminate all of its sources.”

He assured that “no retreat from the revenge,” and that Egypt will never become a gathering point for any kind of terrorists. All of the parties offered condolences to the Egyptians, armed forces and families of the victims.

Hamdeen Sabbahi, head of the Popular Current and former presidential candidate, wrote on his twitter account Friday morning, that “our pain will just make us more determined to completely end this terrorism….Egypt is going to confront it, and defeat it.”

The United States government condemned the attack in a statement Thursday expressing “sincere condolences to the victims, their families, and the government and the people of Egypt.”

“Prosperous and strong Egypt requires an environment of security and stability, and the United States remains steadfast in its support of the Egyptian government’s efforts to combat the threat of terrorism in Egypt as part of our continuing commitment to the strategic partnership between our two countries.” according to the statement.

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