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Insurgency in Egypt (2013–present)

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Insurgency in Egypt (2013–present)

In July 2013, at the same time as mass protests began against the 3 July coup d'état which deposed Mohamed Morsi, and in parallel with the escalation of the already ongoing jihadist insurgency in the Sinai peninsula, pro-Muslim Brotherhood militants started violent attacks against policemen and soldiers in Central and Western Egypt. In the following months, new Islamist armed groups were created to reinstate Islamist rule in Egypt, like Soldiers of Egypt and the Popular Resistance Movement. Since 2013, violence in mainland Egypt has escalated and developed into a low-level Islamist insurgency against the Egyptian government.



Some of the main attacks and arrests are described by year:


  • On 23 July, an explosive device killed 1 and injured 19 at a police station in Mansoura.
  • On 5 October, gunmen shot dead six soldiers near the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya.
  • On 28 October, assailants killed three policemen who were posted near the University of Mansura in Egypt's Nile Delta region.
  • 2014

  • From 23 to 26 January, a bombing wave occurs with 13 victims.
  • On 15 March, 6 soldiers were killed by bombs at a checkpoint.
  • On 19 March, senior official were as well as two members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis
  • On 19 July, the July 2014 Al-Wadi Al-Gedid attack killed 25 people.
  • On 5 August, seven people were killed.
  • On 14 September, 7 high-profile militants were killed by security forces in Suez area.
  • 2015

  • On 6 March, three policemen were killed in Mahalla.
  • On 15 April, three military cadets were killed in a bomb attack.
  • On 24 April, four Muslim brotherhood members were killed by their explosives.
  • On 9 May, four dead in an exchange of fire between police and members of Muslim brotherhood.
  • On 29 June, a top prosecutor was killed by explosives in his car.
  • On 1 July, 9 militants were killed by police in Giza.
  • On 11 July 2015, a car bomb exploded outside the Italian consulate in the Egyptian capital Cairo resulting in at least one death and four people injured, responsibility was claimed by ISIS.
  • On 17 July, 6 persons were killed during clashes in Cairo.
  • On 6 August, 5 Muslim brotherhood members were shot dead in Fayoum province.
  • On 24 August, a bus bombing kills 3 policemen and wounds 33 others.
  • On 21 September, police kills 10 militants in Bahariya Oasis and following a mistake attack of 12 people including Mexican tourists.
  • On 25 September, 9 militants were killed following the bombing of the Italian consulate in Cairo.
  • 2016

  • 8 January - 2 militants armed with a melee weapon and a signal flare, arrived by sea and stormed Bella Vista Hotel in the Red Sea city of Hurghada, stabbing three foreign tourists from Sweden and Austria. One of the assailants was shot dead and the other was wounded by security forces.(2016 Hurghada attack)
  • 21 January - 9 people including six policemen, and ten others were wounded in Giza when, after raiding an Islamic State hideout, a bomb detonated.
  • 29 September - A car exploded after the passage of the general prosecutor car. One civilian was wounded.
  • 28 October - A bomb killed one and another were wounded. The explosion occurred in Cairo.
  • 19 November - in Cairo was One child killed and another was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated in an apartment in Cairo’s Manshiyet Nasser district.
  • 9 December -
  • A civilian died and another 3 were injured in bombing attack in Kafr El Sheikh.
  • 6 police officers and a civilian were killed in a bombing near a checkpoint in the Egyptian capital. 3 additional officers and 4 civilians were wounded by the blast The Hasm Movement claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • 11 December - At least 25 people were killed and 49 injured after a suicide bombing at a Coptic cathedral in Cairo.
  • 12 December - is A military vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a security swoop in North Sinai’s city of Sheikh Zuweid, killing four soldiers Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • 2017

  • 16 January - Eight Egyptian security officers were killed and 3 others were injured when their checkpoint about 70km away from the Kharga Oasis was attacked by unidentified militants. At least two of the assailants were killed, while the others escaped.
  • Casualties

    103 people were killed in 2013, 195 in 2014, 272 in 2015, 101 in 2016.


    Insurgency in Egypt (2013–present) Wikipedia

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