At least 23 Egyptian soldiers lost their lives when suicide bomber tore through military checkpoints in North Sinai on Friday. According to security officials, the attack claimed by ISIS is the deadliest attack in the years.
The Islamic militants are waging war in the Sinai Peninsula and have killed hundreds of soldiers since 2013. The insurgency took place after the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Islamic State said its fighters targeted the compound because the military was preparing to launch operations against the Sunni Muslim militant group from there.
The security sources said another 26 soldiers were injured in Friday’s attacks. The military put the casualties lower, saying the attacks had killed and injured a total of 26 soldiers, without providing a breakdown of the figure.