Islamic State-affiliate Province of Sinai claimed on Friday multiple attacks that took place in North Sinai on Thursday, killing five people.
The militant group said in a statement, published through its media arm Amaq News Agency, that it attacked a military vehicle with a missile and then engaged in battle with its passengers and a police unit that arrived to aid the troops.
The group said it carried out a second attack with an explosive device on a military vehicle west of the city of Arish.
It said its operations in Sinai on Thursday left 12 military and police killed or injured.
A security source had told Mada Masr on Thursday that Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed al-Kafrawy, the military commander of North Sinai’s Bir al-Abd was among those killed in an attack west of Arish on Thursday.
Province of Sinai claimed responsibility for the attack but did not name its victims.
The military announced in a statement on Thursday on its official Facebook page that one officer and five enlisted officers were killed “during a raid on a terrorist den.”