Head of South Sinai Security Directorate Maj. Gen. Ahmed Tayel inspected on Wednesday St. Catherine Mountains, accompanied by a number of Bedouins.
The inspection visit comes following the terrorist attack carried out against a police checkpoint near the entrance of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, according to the Health Ministry.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack which preceded the scheduled visit of Pope Francis to Egypt at the end of April.
The recent attack comes after two deadly attacks targeted Egyptian churches in Alexandria and Tanta, killing 45 and dozens others injured.
The Bedouin residents in St. Catherine area declared their solidarity with the police victims, vowing their support to the security forces in their search for terror suspects in the area.
The security services had arrested a number of suspects coming from the North Sinai and referred them for investigation.