Egypt cops foil tanker bomb attack on Sinai base

2015-03-10 15:39


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Al-Arish - Egyptian police on Tuesday foiled an attack by militants who tried to ram an explosives-laden water tanker into a security base in the Sinai Peninsula, authorities said.

Troops guarding the entrance to the base in the provincial capital al-Arish opened fire on the tanker as it approached, said General Ali al-Arazi, the security chief of North Sinai province.

The gunfire caused the tanker's estimated 10-ton load of explosives to blow up, killing the would-be bomber and a civilian driving nearby, al-Arazi said.

About 35 policemen were injured by debris, he said. Residents reported a massive explosion that blew out the windows of their houses.

Police in the nearby village of Sheikh Zuwaid last month frustrated a similar attack with a tanker truck.

Jihadists in the remote peninsula, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip, have been engaged in an insurgency against security forces since 2012.

In January, a coordinated gun, bomb and rocket attack on security bases in al-Arish killed at least 40 members of the security forces.

Responsibility for that attack was claimed by the region's largest jihadist force, which calls itself the Sinai Province of Islamic State after pledging its allegiance last year to the militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq.

Read more on:    isis  |  egypt  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.