CAIRO: At least five Egyptian security personnel were killed and eight others injured in a mortar attack on a military camp in North Sinai’s town of Rafah Thursday, medical source at Arish hospital told Youm7.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. However, militant group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Sinai and elsewhere.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.