- No one has claimed responsibility yet.
- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi sent condolences to the victims on Twitter Thursday evening.
- The Council of Ministers also released a statement praising the military and condemning the attack.
The Egyptian army announced on Thursday that 10 soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an explosion targeting an armored military vehicle in North Sinai. Military spokesman Tamer Al-Rifai said, nonetheless, that the army continued its combat operations against “terrorist elements” to maintain the country’s security.
“An explosive device exploded Thursday in a military vehicle in the city of Bir al-Abd, North Sinai Governorate, which led to the death of an officer and the injury of a noncommissioned officer and 8 recruits,” said Al-Rifai. No one has claimed responsibility yet. Security forces have been waging a prolonged battle in North Sinai since the military ousted former President Mohamed Morsi, a leader of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Mass protests against Morsi led the military to overthrow him in 2013. In February 2018, the Egyptian security forces, from the army and the police, launched a massive campaign against armed and extremist groups across the country. Those stationed in North Sinai, the southern regions, and the borders with Libya were especially targeted.
Sisi Mourns the Victims
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi sent condolences to the victims on Twitter Thursday evening. “Today we won the hand of treachery from our heroes, south of the city of Bir al-Abd, and the forces of evil are still trying to kidnap this country,” he tweeted. “But by the grace of God and then by the sons of Egypt and our powerful army, we are resilient with strength and faith, and are able to shatter the hopes of these treacherous, insidious souls.”
He continued, “God have mercy on our children, and everyone who presented himself as a martyr or a victim of redemption for Egypt, may God have mercy on everyone who narrated his blood and sweat the dust of this country in order to stay alive and keep our flag raised. May God protect Egypt and its people.”
Cabinet Mourns the Martyrs
“We are mourning the death of the martyrs of the armed forces, who were killed today in a bomb explosion in one of the armored vehicles south of the city of Bir al-Abed and we are going to pray to God Almighty to the speed of healing for people who survived.”
The Council of Ministers affirmed the appreciation of the people of Egypt, in all its spectrum, for the efforts exerted by its sons in the armed forces. The military’s mission, it says, is to protect the security of the homeland, the integrity of its lands, its stability, and the defense of its children against the fragmentation of the country’s enemies and religions.
The Council of Ministers, it says, affirms that these despicable attempts are destined to disappear, and the homeland will remain safe and secure. History, the statement goes on, will mention those who defended the homelands with letters from light, in history books. It is just as they now remember the martyr-like Ahmed Al-Mansi, and his companions, with pride, while the terrorists and their aides will continue to pursue them shame and disgrace.
The council of ministers’ statement continued: “Thus history has always taught us that truth, goodness, and justice are victorious against falsehood, evil, and injustice. Egypt will live with its loyal children in security and stability throughout the ages.”