US embassy in Cairo condemns 'heinous' North Sinai attack

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Mar 2016

The US embassy in Cairo conveyed condolences to Egypt following the Saturday attack that left at least 15 policemen dead

The US embassy in Cairo issued a statement on Sunday strongly condemning the "heinous terrorist attacks" that killed 15 policemen in North Sinai on Saturday.

"The United States stands with the government and people of Egypt in their ongoing fight against terrorism, and in their pursuit of a stable, democratic, and prosperous country," the statement read.

The embassy has also conveyed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those wounded.

The attack, which involved militants launching mortar shells at a police checkpoint in El-Arish’s El-Safa neighborhood, was claimed by the North Sinai-based Islamic State-affiliate Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis.

The group said in an online statement that a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at the checkpoint before militants attacked the site, according to AFP.

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