Egypt, U.S. eye counter-terrorism ties in wake of deadly Sinai attack

Egypt, U.S. eye counter-terrorism ties in wake of deadly Sinai attack
# 10 May 2022 01:44 (UTC +04:00)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed hopes for deeper U.S. counter-terrorism ties during talks with a top American general on Monday, following a deadly weekend attack by militants in the Sinai peninsula, a U.S. military official said on Monday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The attack was claimed by Islamic State and killed 11 Egyptian troops. Militants descended on a checkpoint at a water pumping station, striking with an explosive-rigged vehicle and firing heavy weapons from pick-up trucks, Egyptian security sources said.

It was one of the most deadly attacks in recent years in the northern Sinai.

U.S. Army General Michael "Erik" Kurilla, who oversees U.S. forces in the Middle East, said following Monday's talks in Cairo that the attack underscored the persistent threat from extremists.

"I offered my condolences and my view of the ISIS threat," said Kurilla, head of U.S. Central Command.

Sisi's office said in a statement following his meeting with Kurilla that terrorism was the foremost challenge to Egypt's security and stability and required "collective efforts to combat it."

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