UAE condemns terrorist attacks in Egypt and Saudi

Egyptian soldier

Militants killed at least 23 soldiers and injured dozens more in a vehicle explosion and gun attack on an Egyptian military checkpoint in north-eastern Sinai peninsula, officials have said. There were thought to be about 60 soldiers at the compound. It was unclear if they also took armoured vehicles.

Separately on Friday a state security officer was shot and killed outside his home in Qalubiya, a province just north of Cairo, while on his way to Friday prayers, an interior ministry statement said.

Officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as they weren't authorised to speak to the media. He didn't prove a breakdown.

At least 10 Egyptian soldiers were killed and 20 injured in suicide bombing and shooting at an army checkpoint in North Sinai's Rafah city on Friday, an official source said. On his page, al-Rifai posted photographs of allegedly slain militants dressed in military uniforms.

The Egyptian military has released a video showing fighter jets targeting militants shortly after a Sinai attack that killed 23 soldiers.

Though the IS affiliate has not managed to seize territory in Sinai it has a strong presence in the western and southern area of Rafah in the peninsula, on the outskirts of the town of Sheikh Zuweid, and inside the residential area of Sinai's largest city, el-Arish.

IS has also attacked tourists, killing all 224 on board a Russian plane carrying holidaymakers in 2015, as well as Christian churches in mainland Egypt.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed during the attacks.

_Ashraf Sweilam in El-Arish, Egypt.

Egypt has accused Hamas of fomenting unrest in the region and aiding the insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, especially in the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of Islamic President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

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