At least four people were killed and 12 injured in an attack on a police post in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, Egypt. Al-Jazeera reported this information citing Egyptian officials and medical sources.

According to the Associated Press, three police officers were among the dead and one person whose identity is still unknown, according to hospital records.

According to documents, most of the injured are recruits and have been taken to hospital.

The attack took place on the west side of the Suez Canal on Friday afternoon, according to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. The media office of Ismailia province described the attack as a ‘terrorist’ attack.

State-run Al-Cahra News reported that security forces killed one of the attackers. However, no group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt has been battling ISIL (ISIS) fighters in the northern Sinai Peninsula for years.

Security forces launched a wide-ranging campaign in February 2018 to eliminate members of the armed group in the Sinai, parts of the Nile Delta and the desert along the country’s western border with Libya.

More than 1,000 fighters were reported killed by the military during the campaign. However, statistics are difficult to verify amid a media blackout on the peninsula.

ISIL has carried out numerous attacks in Sinai and elsewhere in the country. The attacks have mainly targeted security forces, minority Christians and those they accuse of collaborating with the military and police.

In May, an attack on a water pumping station east of the Suez Canal killed at least 11 Egyptian soldiers, including an officer.

In May 2019, an attack near the Giza Pyramids in Egypt injured 17 people, many of them foreign tourists. In August of the same year, a car carrying explosives collided with two other cars in Cairo, killing 20 people.

Ismailia is one of Egypt’s major cities overlooking the Suez Canal, an important waterway between Asia and Europe. About 10 percent of the world’s maritime trade is conducted through this route. The canal is a major source of foreign exchange for Egypt. The country is currently struggling with a depreciating currency and rising inflation.

(Dhaka Times / 31 December / SAT)