Armed group target Sinai airport in Egypt

Ansar Bait al-Maqdis claim an attack on Al Goura airport in Egypt’s Sinai

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian security sources said gunmen fired rockets late on Tuesday towards Al Goura Airport in the south of Sheikh Zuwaid, in the northern part the Sinai Peninsula.

No injures were reported from the attack on the airport which was being used by the United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Reuters quoted some security sources saying the rockets landed inside the airport, while other local sources said it fell outside the facility.

Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, an affiliate of ISIS’s (ISIS) in Egypt, claimed responsibility for the attack through posts on its Twitter account.

In the tweets, the militant group said the attack was in retaliation for the arrest of a woman belonging to the group from the town of Sheikh Zuwaid near the airport.

The Sinai peninsula has been plunged in chaos since the military coup which deposed the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. 

The Egyptian army has been struggling to contain the armed insurgency which began after the coup.

A curfew has been imposed on the region since October after repeated attacks claimed the lives of hundreds of army soldiers and officers.

TRTWorld and agencies