Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after the death of people in the attack in El-Arish in the Northern Sinai Peninsula, reports TASS on Monday, January 9th.
“The incident once again confirms the need of consolidation of efforts of the world community to counter international terrorism,” the telegram reads.
Putin confirmed the readiness of the Russian side to further increase cooperation with Egyptian partners in the fight against terror. The Russian leader also conveyed words of sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.
On Monday morning, the radicals attacked a police checkpoint in El-Arish in the North of Egypt. The militants fired at the checkpoint from a grenade and detonated an explosive device planted in a parked nearby car. Killing nine people, at least 10 were wounded.
8 January, the head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter has described Russia’s contribution to the fight against “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) as zero.