No African Cup of Nations matches are scheduled to take place in the area, but the country remains on high alert.
Rabat – The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has reported that ISIS members carried out several terror attacks, killing seven Egyptian policemen at different checkpoints, in the North Sinai city of Arish late on Tuesday, June 25.
The ministry stated on Wednesday, June 26, that four terrorists have been killed, “including a suicide bomber who set off his explosives at once of the checkpoints attacked.”
Police seized several explosive devices and hand-made bombs.
Al Jazeera reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Security sources said that the terror attackers used “10 four-wheel drive vehicles in coordinated attacks at four sites. ”
The country, which is hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN), is now on high alert.
None of the CAN 2019 football games, which kicked off on June 21, are planned in Sinai region.
A month before CAN, Egyptian authorities dealt with a similar attack as a tourist bus was rocked by a roadside bomb near the pyramids of Giza.
The attack, according to Al Jazeera, wounded 17 people, including South African tourists and Egyptians.
For years, the Egyptian government has been fighting against extremists in northern Sinai. Attacks increased when the government removed former Egyptian President, the late Mohamed Morsi, who died on June 17 in a courtroom.