Egyptian military threatens IS, says they’ll be ‘hanged as lanterns’
official Spokesman for the Egyptian Military Mohamed Samir - Photo courtesy of military spokesperson Facebook page

CAIRO: Egyptian Military spokesperson Mohamed Samir threatened Wednesday that the Islamic State group members would be “hung like lanterns” if they tried to enter Egypt, amid successive terror attacks targeting military and police personnel in restive North Sinai.

“In case that militant Islamic State group thought to enter Egypt…they will be sent to Mataryia, El-Marg, and Upper Egypt where terrorists will be hanged by Egyptians like lanterns,” said Samir in a meeting with Minister of Interior and police top aides.

“We protect our country, and not causing harms to anyone; however, if anyone tries to approach us (to attack us), he will be burned,” he added.

A roadside bomb exploded in Arish Wednesday a day after four military personnel were killed and four others were injured in a roadside bomb in Rafah, North Sinai.

The northern tip of the peninsula has been witnessing an Islamist militant insurgence, killing hundreds of army and the police in several attacks, especially since the 2013 ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi.

Most of terror attacks were claimed by the Islamic Stat affiliate (Welayit Sinai that was known previously by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) which has a footing in North Sinai.

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