ISIS is claiming responsibility for a deadly coordinated attack on Thursday that killed 25 Egyptian soldiers and wounding 60 others in the Sinai Peninsula. Some of the injured were not expected to live. The terrorists hit over ten army and police targets with simultaneous attacks; a car bomb was detonated and mortars were fired . The Egyptian Army stated that former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood was involved.
The coordinated attack struck a military base, a hotel, a police club ad over a dozen checkpoints, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Three towns were targeted: the Northern Sinai provincial capital el-Arish, Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah, which is adjacent to Gaza.
The Islamic State affiliate in Egypt tweeted pictures of themselves only hours before the assault hosting rocket-propelled grenades.
Army Spokesman Ahmed Samir said that the Muslim Brotherhood struck the army because of the army’s strikes against terrorists in the Sinai. The attack was the worst attack on the Egyptian Army since last October, when terrorists killed 31 soldiers in the Sinai, an attack also claimed by Islamic State. The army answered by demolishing houses and residential buildings in a 500 meter radius around the border, destroying tunnels funneling weapons and terrorists from Gaza into the area.