The Egyptian military have claimed that the head of the Islamic State’s Sinai branch, Abu Duaa al-Ansari, was killed along with several other jihadist fighters.
In a Facebook post, the army announced that air strikes carried out near the town of Al-Arish “left more than 45 terrorists killed, dozens of others injured and several arms caches destroyed.” It also said that intelligence information played a part to kill Ansari and that a number of weapons, ammunition and explosives were also destroyed.
The Sinai province pledged allegiance to IS in 2014, who have been linked to deadly attacks in the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Sinai. The group, thought to have between 1000 and 3000 members, aim to turn the Sinai province into an Islamist province.
Seven tourists injured in Taliban attack
At least seven people have been injured in western Afghanistan after Taliban gunmen attacked their convoy and driver. Twelve tourists from the UK, the US and Germany were being escorted by an army convoy on their way to Herat when the ambush occurred. It is reported that an RPG had hit the vehicle. The three-day-long route taken by the group has been described as a “dangerous” one – even Afghans avoid taking as it is “controlled by warlords, thieves and, of course, the Taliban”.
Western tourists are usually warned by their embassies of the dangers of travelling in Afghanistan.
US health insurer alerts 3.7 million after cyber-attack
US health insurer, Banner Health, has notified 3.7 million customers and healthcare providers following a cyber-attack that has potentially stolen personal data. Investigations reveal that attackers may have accessed payment-card data at Banner Health food and drink outlets, including cardholder names, card numbers and card expiration dates.
Information that may have been stolen also include personally identifiable information such as names, addresses, social security numbers and health insurance information. Banner Health has “launched an investigation, hired a leading forensics firm, took steps to block the cyber-attackers and contacted law enforcement,” according to a statement.
Two Australians among the injured in London stabbing
The 60-year-old American woman who was killed in the London attack on Wednesday night has been identified as Darlene Horton. The British Press Association reported that the four others – an Australian woman stabbed in the back, an Australian man stabbed in the chest, an American man stabbed in the chest and an Israeli woman stabbed in her bicep have all been released from the hospital after treatment. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson has also stated that a second Australian woman was at the scene, but was unharmed.
A 19-year-old Norwegian man of Somali descent has been arrested by police on suspicion of murder. Authorities have said that all the evidence points to mental health issues being the cause behind the attack, despite initial consideration of terrorism as a motive. – Compiled from various web sources by Samantha Besgrove, Ariana Norton, Zabrina Potestas and Jessica Holmes
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