Egypt: Militants backed by Islamic State attack soldiers

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Terror groups worldwide are getting emboldened. While in India several Jawans attained martyrdom in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir after a major terrorist attack, Iran faced a dastardly terrorist attack in the Khash-Zahedan sector of Sistan-Baluchistan province on the night of February 13.

While both the countries mourned the loss, the Egyptian military was attacked by Islamic militants in the northern Sinai region of el-Arish that resulted in 15 casualties. The 90% Sunni Muslim Egypt was attacked by the Islamic Militants.

Local media reports state that this attack on the Egyptian military took place near a military checkpoint.

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Egyptian army spokesman Tamer el-Refai informed later that the Egyptian army responded by killing seven Islamic militants.

Islamic State took responsibility for the attack in Egypt which has major sympathizers in Pakistan while Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad took responsibility for the attack in Pulwama. Even in the case of Iran, Jaish al-Adl, which operates in southeast Iran and has links to Al Qaeda, finds Pakistan a fertile breeding ground.

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India strongly condemned the terror attacks in Egypt and Iran, both Muslim countries. But the world does need to do more to end terrorism as the attacks on armed personnel point to lack of fear of reprisals. And till the time Pakistan, is allowed to wriggle out of the mayhem it creates, the situation would remain the same.