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ISIS North Sinai affiliate claims responsibility for hotel attack

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Nov 2015
Emergency personnel and security forces stand next to ambulances outside the Swiss Inn hotel in the Egyptian town of El-Arish, in the Sinai peninsula, following an attack on the hotel by two suicide bombers and a gunman on November 24, 2015 (AFP)
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ISIS group’s Egyptian affiliate has claimed responsibility for an elaborate attack that killed four people in a hotel in North Sinai Tuesday where judges overseeing a parliamentary election were staying.

In a statement circulated by its supporters on Twitter, the Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group said the attack was revenge for the imprisonment of female Muslims by the "apostate" Egyptian army.

"A brother... hit with his car bomb a security force guarding the Swiss [Inn] hotel where 50 judges were staying only to be followed by a lion who broke into the judges' headquarters with his automatic weapon ... then blew up his explosive belt among them," read the statement.

Fourteen others, including security personnel and civilians, were injured in the attack, which took place in the North Sinai capital of Al-Arish.

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