The Egyptian army has prevented a major terrorist attack on the checkpoint located South of the city of El-Arish in the northeast Sinai Peninsula. Nevertheless, seven people were killed.
The soldiers noticed a suspicious vehicle approaching the checkpoint, where the accumulated a lot of cars. Despite the order to stop, he continued the movement. Then, towards the car headed stationed at the checkpoint tank.
The tank has crushed under itself the car, which was about 100 kilograms of explosives. Presumably, this was the cause of its detonation. The car exploded away from the checkpoint. Killed seven bystanders, including two children.
Subsequently it was established that in the blown-up car was not only the bomber but also four militants with small arms that were supposed to open fire on awaiting inspection cars. Victims of such a terrorist attack would be dozens of people.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attempted attack, however, it is assumed that the militants were members of «wilayat Sinai» — the Egyptian branch of the «Islamic state».
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