News ID: 205234
Published: 0300 GMT November 29, 2017

Egypt's Sisi tells military chief to secure Sinai in three months

Egypt's Sisi tells military chief to secure Sinai in three months

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday ordered his military command to use all force necessary to secure the Sinai Peninsula within the next three months following a terror attack on a mosque that killed more than 300 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for Friday’s mosque attack when terrorists gunned down worshippers, but Egyptian forces have been battling a Daesh affiliate for more than three years in North Sinai, where terrorists have killed hundreds of police and soldiers, Reuters reported.

“It is your responsibility to secure and stabilize Sinai within the next three months,” Sisi said addressing his new chief of staff in a speech, without giving details on any operations. “You can use all brute force necessary.”

Authorities say gunmen carrying a Daesh flag opened fire inside the mosque after setting off an explosive, shooting worshippers as they fled and killing more than 300 people in the worst terror attack in Egypt’s modern history.

The Sinai Province Daesh branch, which was announced by former members from a local terror group in 2014, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Egypt. It has become one of the group’s last holdouts after military defeats in Iraq and Syria.

North Sinai has long been a security headache for Egypt because of smuggling and is a strategic region because of its sensitive borders.

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