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On January 7, the ISIS news agency Amaq released photos of a recent attack with an improvised explosive device (IED) on a vehicle of the Egyptian Armed Forces in the Sinai Peninsula.
ISIS terrorists targeted the vehicle, a heavily armored RG-33, near the al-Nufalah checkpoint west of the city of Rafah in northern Sinai. The attack took place on January 6. Amaq’s photos shows the vehicle vanishing in a fire ball.
A second attack took place in the same area on January 7. ISIS cells struck a military bulldozer of the Egyptian Armed Forces with an IED.
These were the second and third attacks in Sinai this week. On January 4, a vehicle was hit with an IED near the town of Toufaha south of the city of Bir al-Abd.
ISIS cells in Sinai carried out dozens of IED attacks during the last year. Explosive devices provide the group with a low-risk, low-cost method to inflict serious losses on its enemies.
The ongoing operations of Egyptian government forces in Sinai have been putting pressure on ISIS cells. However, the group’s threat in the region appears to be growing.
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