UN chief condemns Egypt terrorist attacks

Addis Ababa, Jan 31 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Saturday strongly condemned Thursday’s terrorist attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Ban told a press briefing on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit here that he strongly condemned the attacks in Sinai, which killed 33 people and injured scores of others, Xinhua reported.
Late Friday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the AU Commission, also condemned the terrorist attacks, saying such attacks “cannot be justified under any circumstances.”
The chairperson said the attacks underline the need for enhanced African action in combatting the scourge of terrorism, within the framework of the relevant AU and international instruments.
On Thursday evening, militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off car bombs in security premises in Arish, the capital city of North Sinai province.
The attacks extended to two big security checkpoints in nearby Rafah city.