The attack names the IS affiliate as being formerly known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis (Supporters of the Holy House). Formed in 2011, it aligned with IS in 2014.
Egyptian security officials say militants from an Islamic State affiliate have ambushed a convoy of cement trucks from an army factory in the central Sinai Peninsula, killing eight civilians and two soldiers.
The officials say Lt. Col. Ibrahim Hussein Mohammed was killed in the Thursday night attack near the town of Nakhl. The militants, from the group formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, stole the men’s weapons and burnt seven trucks.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Nekhel, North Sinai Governorate, Egypt
Egypt (EG) is estimated to have a population of 92.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 2.2% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 10.6 million.