The Islamic State’s Sinai branch launched a deadly assault on a military outpost in the northern Sinai earlier today. More than 20 Egyptian soldiers, including several officers, were killed and at least 33 others wounded.
The raid began when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a checkpoint near the village of el-Barth. Other vehicles (and possibly a second suicide bomber) then swarmed the location, with dozens of jihadists engaging in a firefight with Egyptian personnel.
On his official Facebook page, Egyptian Army spokesman Colonel Tamer Mahmoud El-Refaay portrayed the incident as a thwarted attack, saying that approximately 40 jihadists were killed and six of their vehicles destroyed. Images purportedly showing a number of dead jihadists were also posted on the Facebook page.