By Kanzy Mahmoud and Nasser Al-Azzazi / Daily news Egypt
Unknown armed assailants attacked security checkpoints Friday night in Northern Sinai, inflicting injuries among checkpoint personnel and prompting the armed forces to tighten security on the Peninsula.
The assailants planted mines in front of an army tank in the Al-Wahshi area of Sheikh Zuweid, but no injuries were reported as the mine exploded a few metres away.
Eyewitnesses said that clashes erupted shortly after between the armoured personnel and assailants while Apache helicopters flew over the scene, providing backup and scaring the assailants off.
Also in Sheikh Zuweid, in the vicinity of El-Goura, “militants shot armoured personnel carriers from long distances in the dark,” said military spokesperson Ahmed Ali, adding that no injuries were reported from the military’s side. In response to the attacks, Apache helicopters shot two cars, setting them on fire, eyewitnesses said.