Egyptian army soldiers stand guard in North Sinai – Reuters
CAIRO – 10 October 2019: Egypt’s security forces thwarted a terrorist attack, Thursday, against a security checkpoint in Arish city, North Sinai.
According to an official statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Interior, the forces killed the attacker before blowing himself up.
Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies during the past years since the ousting of the late pro-Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsi.
In February 2018, the Army launched a military operation titled "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018," targeting the hotbeds of terrorists nationwide especially in Northern and Central Sinai.
Sinai, in particular, has been a staging ground for militants operating in Egypt for decades. It is also believed to be home to the Islamic State’s Egyptian branch, which has been primarily targeting civilians and security forces.