Terrorism & Insurgency

Increased frequency of Sinai militant attacks on military industry indicates risks to construction and ground cargo assets

09 October 2017


On 1 October, heavy engineering vehicles belonging to the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority were intercepted in central Sinai by militants.

The construction vehicles were set alight, but the drivers were unharmed. The attack was the latest in an increasing frequency of assaults on the military’s industrial interests in North and central Sinai.

IHS Markit estimates that there have been at least five separate attacks on armed forces’ industrial vehicles, or private contractors transporting military-produced materials, particularly cement, in north Sinai since late August 2017. On 27 September, four freight trucks were reportedly stopped by militants as they were driving to the El Arish Cement factory, owned and operated by the Egyptian Armed Forces.

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