SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Reports by Egyptian and international media indicated that the first attack in North Sinai on Thursday (29 Jan.) was the bombing which targeted a military base and a hotel. At least 25 people were killed and more than 60 injured.
Later on an army major at a checkpoint in Rafah assassinated and 6 others were injured in the raid. According to Reuters another attack on a checkpoint south of Al-Arish wounded 4 soldiers followed later on the day by a roadside bomb which killed at least one police officer in Suez city.
The group, calling itself the Sinai Province of Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attacks in a series of tweets. Previously known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the group pledged allegiance to Da’esh (ISIS) last November.