CAIRO – Egypt’s armed forces said they foiled an attempted attack Wednesday on a military post on a highway linking Cairo with the Red Sea coast that was claimed by Islamic State affiliates.
The driver of a car carrying 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of dynamite refused to stop at the checkpoint, drawing fire from troops, the
military said in a statement. The car went off the road and the driver was killed outside the checkpoint, according to the statement. The Islamic State affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that a suicide bomber intentionally blew himself up, killing several soldiers. The military denied the claim. The authenticity of the claim couldn’t be independently verified, though it was carried by Twitter accounts affiliated with the group.