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The 2015 Arish attack was a terrorist attack on a hotel in the coastal city of Al-Arish, Egypt, on 24 November 2015. A group of militants approached the heavily guarded hotel with a car bomb, but Egyptian security forces opened fire at the vehicle, blowing it up before it could reach the building. One of the two attackers managed to get inside the hotel, where a number of people were injured and killed as a result of gunfire and a subsequent suicide bombing. Authorities reported at least seven dead, including two judges who had been in Al-Arish to supervise the country's second round of parliamentary elections, held the day before. The Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai offshoot claimed responsibility in a statement released later the same day.[1][2][3]

2015 Arish attack
Part of the Sinai insurgency
Al-Arish is located in Egypt
Al-Arish
Al-Arish
Al-Arish (Egypt)
Location Egypt Al-Arish, North Sinai, Egypt
Date 24 November 2015
07:00 (EET)
Target Election officials, security forces
Attack type
Suicide bombing, car bombing, shooting
Deaths 7
Non-fatal injuries
10+
Perpetrators

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

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AttackEdit

The attack began at around 7 a.m. when a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber approached the area of the Swiss Inn Resort in Al-Arish.[2] The car exploded after security forces opened fire, but another militant managed to gain entry into the building, shooting several people and detonating his suicide belt near the kitchen area.[1] The hotel had been housing judges responsible for overseeing the second round of parliamentary elections, which was held the day before the assault.[2]

ResponsibilityEdit

The Islamic State's Wilayat Sinai branch claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on social media. The group said it was in response to the Egyptian government's imprisonment of women, but it did not provide further details.[2]

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