On Thursday morning, Islamic State affiliate Walayat Sinai got into warfare at sea when it attacked an Egyptian navy vessel at a short distance from the coast opposite the city of Rafah in northern Sinai.
“The mujahideen were able to target a frigate of the naval forces of the apostate Egyptian army in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Rafah, and that was with a guided rocket,” read a message posted by Walayat Sinai on Twitter.
Later, Islamic State in the Sinai posted another message on Twitter in which it said “that the naval attack was the first of its kind and the start of maritme operations in the Mediterranean.”
The attack signals a new level of sophistication of weaponry used by the Islamic State in the Middle East. Oded Granot, the Middle East expert of TV Channel 1 in Israel, reported later that a Kornet anti-tank missile was used in the attack.
Photos published by Islamic State showed a huge explosion on what the group said was a “frigate.” Later, it appeared that the vessel hit in the attack was a patrol vessel built by U.S. manufacturer Swiftships. Hours later, the ship was still smoldering.
Islamic State used the Kornet anti-tank missile earlier in its battle against the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula when it carried out a string of attacks against army checkpoints and a police station two weeks ago.
The Egyptian army said that it exchanged fire with the terrorists who launched the rocket. The army also claimed there were no casualties. Wayalat Sinai, however, says the ship was destroyed and that everybody on board was killed in the attack.
The Egyptian army has stepped up its campaign against the Islamic State in the Sinai desert; but as today’s attack showed, the organization is still able to carry out devastating attacks–and terror is spreading to other areas in Egypt.
Just yesterday, the Egyptian army foiled a mega attack on the highway to Suez. A suicide bomber tried to drive his explosives-laden truck into an army base next to the highway but was spotted in time. An army spokesman said the vehicle was destroyed and the driver killed.
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