An Egyptian affiliate of the extremist ISIS group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack that killed a colonel and three soldiers in North Sinai, where it is spearheading a deadly insurgency.

 

Wednesday’s bombing in North Sinai’s provincial capital of El-Arish targeted the troops’ armored vehicle when it was engaged in a search operation, security officials and emergency services said.

 

Another 12 soldiers were wounded in the blast.

 

In a statement posted on extremist forums, ISIS affiliate the Sinai Province said its members used explosive devices to target the army west of El-Arish.

 

 

 

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