Iran Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack in Egypt’s Sinai
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned a suicide bomb attack on an army checkpoint in Egypt’s northern Sinai, warning against a new wave of terrorist attacks across the world by the defeated Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists.
In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Qassemi offered his sympathies to the Egyptian people and the bereaved families of the victims of the terrorist attack that led to the killing of at least ten Egyptian soldiers.
“The dispersal and escape of the terrorists, following their heavy defeats in Iraq and Syria, are a serious threat to the entire region and the world,” the Iranian spokesman cautioned.
He further warned that any negligence or instrumental use of the terrorists would be followed by a new wave of blind terrorism in different parts of the world.
At least ten Egyptian soldiers including a colonel were killed in the suicide bomb attack on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai, security sources said.
Another 40 fighters were killed in a subsequent gun battle with soldiers at the checkpoint, an army spokesperson said on Friday.
The attack started when a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the checkpoint at a military compound in the southern Rafah village of el-Barth, followed by heavy gunfire from dozens of masked fighters on foot, officials said.
The dead included a high-ranking special forces officer, Colonel Ahmed el-Mansi, and at least 20 others were wounded in the attack.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.