Strong explosions heard in Egypt’s Rafah

Two strong explosions were heard in Rafah, Egyptian border town with Gaza

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Two explosions shook the Egyptian border town of Rafah, adjacent to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Wednesday, security sources and witnesses said.

The cause of the blasts could not be verified.

At least 74 people were killed and dozens were injured, including Egyptian army soldiers, as  Ansar Beit al Maqdis militants went on an offensive rampage on several military checkpoints in Sheikh Zuwaid in Egypt’s North Sinai.

According to Egypt’s daily newspaper Al-Ahram, five military checkpoints were attacked by heavily armed militants.

Ansar Beit al Maqdis, which have sworn allegiance to ISIS in Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the attacks against security forces in North Sinai on Wednesday, according to a statement on Twitter.

The group announced it had attacked more than 15 security sites and carried out three suicide attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies