Egypt holds funerals for at least 21 soldiers killed in Sinai

2017-07-08 19:56
A picture taken from the Rafah border of the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt shows smoke billowing in Egypt's North Sinai. Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded in attacks on checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group is conducting an insurgency, the military said.(File: AFP)

A picture taken from the Rafah border of the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt shows smoke billowing in Egypt's North Sinai. Twenty-six Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded in attacks on checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group is conducting an insurgency, the military said.(File: AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt held funerals on Saturday for at least 21 soldiers killed in an attack by the Islamic State group in the restive Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

The attack on Friday was one the deadliest against the military in a jihadist insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in the past four years.

Police and provincial officials said 21 bodies had arrived in the mainland for funerals in 11 provinces.

The jihadists attacked several checkpoints with car bombs and heavy gunfire in a coordinated assault, for which ISIS later claimed responsibility in a statement.

The military said it killed 40 of the assailants.

Egyptian women cry in the 10th of Ramadan city, about 60km north of Cairo, during the funeral of soldiers, who were killed a day earlier in the restive Sinai Peninsula in an attack by the Islamic State group.(AFP)

Jihadists launched their insurgency after the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and unleashed a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

Jihadists launched their insurgency after the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and unleashed a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

Egyptian soldiers carry the coffin of a soldier, who was killed a day earlier in the restive Sinai Peninsula in an attack by the Islamic State group, during a funeral ceremony in the 10th of Ramadan city, about 60km north of Cairo. ( AFP)

Groups other than ISIS have also carried out attacks targeting policemen and judges.

Gunmen on Friday shot dead a National Security Service officer as he was leaving his home north of Cairo.

The militant group Hasam claimed responsibility.

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