At least 15 Egyptian soldiers were killed by a car bomb in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in one of several attacks Wednesday against the army, a security official said according to AFP.
Africa Review says Egyptian troops often come under attack in the Sinai, where jihadists linked to the Islamic State group are waging a bloody insurgency."More than 70 terrorist elements waged simultaneous attacks against five security checkpoints in North Sinai," the army spokesman said in a statement on his Facebook page.
The assault comes two days after Egypt’s state prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a Cairo bombing targeting his convoy.Africa Review says Barakat was the most senior government official killed since jihadists launched an insurgency following the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsy in 2013.
Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities designated Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist group" in December 2013 as part of a crackdown on the opposition that has left hundreds of his supporters dead and thousands in jail.