Military sources revealed that Major Ahmed Ashraf, a Military Intelligence officer, was killed and other soldiers were injured when an explosive device blew up his military vehicle. Ashraf was the operational leader of Reconnaissance Battalion 26. Another explosive device hit a van working for an economic project in Maghara, Sinai, killing two workers, Sayed Ahmed Sayed from Beni Suef and Adel Alhuseini from Arish, and injuring another. Wilayet Sinai targeted Maghara Mountain due to the economic projects and tribal groups in the area, along with the Egyptian military troops. The attack resumes a series of strikes implemented by ISIS over recent weeks causing high casualties among the Egyptian military troops.
Two weeks ago, Colonel Ahmed Gomaa, the head of Reconnaissance Battalion 26 too, was killed in an ISIS attack. Brigadier Khaled Alaa Eldin Elerian, the head of the Rapid Deployment Forces (elite troops) in Sinai, was killed with a sniper’s bullet in Sheikh Zuweid on 31 May.