Egypt travel advice

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) has been involved in a number of suicide bombings, drive-by shootings and assassinations. In November 2014 ABM announced they had pledged allegiance to ISIL.

On 16 February, ABM carried out a suicide attack on a tourist bus in Taba, South Sinai, close to the Israeli border at Eilat, killing 3 South Korean tourists, an Egyptian driver and injuring at least 14 others.

The group has threatened further attacks against Egypt’s economic interests.

ABM has also made threats against any installation connected with the Egyptian Ministry of Interior and Egyptian Ministry of Defence. The group has claimed responsibility for an increasing number of attacks in the North Sinai, but also in other parts of the country. ABM claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on 24 and 25 January 2014 in Cairo, which targeted a police headquarters and the area outside a cinema. Another extremist group, Ajnad Misr, which has made statements threatening the Egyptian security forces, later claimed some of these attacks.

On 11 July, there was an explosion at the Italian Consulate in Cairo.

On 1 July, a series of attacks against military targets around Sheikh Zuwayed in North Sinai killed a number of Egyptian soldiers.

On 29 June, Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed and a number of others injured in an explosion in Heliopolis, Cairo.

On 10 June 2015, an attack on a security checkpoint at the Karnak Temple site in Luxor was repelled by Egyptian security personnel, resulting in the death of 2 attackers

In the early hours of 26 February 2015, there were a number of explosions in Cairo. The explosions occurred outside mobile telephone shops in the Mohandiseen area, a restaurant in the Imbaba area and a police station in Warraq. There are reports of 1 death and a number of injuries.