Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claims responsibility for Thursday’s Sinai attack
Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group claimed responsibility Friday for the attack on military checkpoint which killed 13 soldiers and two civilians in Sinai Thursday, Youm7 reported.

On its twitter account, the group said that “Our armed men used rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons in the attacks that occurred Thursday. The attacks targeted seven security checkpoints on the coastal road between Al-Arish and the Rafah border town with the Gaza Strip.”

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis now refers to itself as Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province,) since swearing allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.

Amidst an ongoing militant and security crisis in the restive North Sinai, a state of emergency has been in effect in the region since October 25, and will last three months, according to earlier military statements. Military operations and the purported killing of Sinai “terrorists” by the military are also frequently reported by government sources on a near-daily basis.

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