Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdes announced it is joining the Islamic State and pledged its allegiance to its caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an audio statement Monday.

In accordance with Allah’s and the Prophet’s orders to unite, the statement said, “we pledge allegiance to Caliph Bin Awad Bin Ibrahim Qorashi al-Hussainy,” referring to Baghdadi.

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North Sinai

The Armed Forces killed 16 North Sinai militants in overnight operations near Sheikh Zuwayed, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Another six militants were injured and four were arrested in the incident. The clashes purportedly broke out when militant forces fired at military personnel from four-wheel-drive vehicles adorned with black flags, according to Reuters.

The violence around Sheikh Zuwayed also killed a 12-year-old child, the privately owned newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm...

North Sinai police station

Six policemen were killed and another two were wounded on Tuesday morning when a roadside bomb targeting their vehicle was detonated near the town of Rafah, in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, as reported by Reuters, five police conscripts and one officer were killed when an explosive device planted along the Arish-Rafah highway was detonated. 

The statement added that these police forces were targeted in their...