The Egyptian Armed Forces foiled a terrorist attack on a security outpost in the North Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid, spokesperson for the Armed Forces Colonel Tamer al-Refaei said in a Facebook post.
Refaei said that a suicide bomber had approached the security outpost next to a Sheikh Zuweid microbus station. The individual had not abided by security instructions, so forces suspected him.
He added that the forces fired at the armed individual before he arrived at the security outpost, leading to the explosion of the explosive belt he was wearing.
The individual was killed along with an army officer, the statement said.
Since 2014, North Sinai has witnessed a growing number of terrorist attacks carried out in the Sinai Province, including various attacks on the army and the police.
This increase in terrorism followed the ouster of late President Mohamed Morsi. Morsi’s party was affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt subsequently banned as a terrorist group.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm