A large number of Arab and Western states have strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack، which took place earlier yesterday and resulting in the death of eight Egyptian security personnel.
"One police officer، a non commissioned officer and six conscripts were killed"، according to an official statement by the interior ministry.
The ministry added in a statement that security forces dealt with the "terrorists" and pursued others who ran away.
later، interior ministry issued another statement early Thursday announced that it has managed to locate the suspects involved in Arish checkpoint attack on Wednesday.
the security forces traced the perpetrators and found them residing in an abandoned house in a wasteland near Arish police station، The statement read.
The terrorist militants opened fire once they found out they are under siege by security forces.
The fire exchange left 14 terrorists killed، and 14 machine guns، 3 detonators، and explosive belts were confiscated.
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday deplored the "terrorist" attack that targeted a security checkpoint in South Arish، in Sinai، and killed several policemen and militants.
In a press statement، an official source at Saudi Foreign Ministry affirmed the Kingdom's support to Egypt in its efforts aiming to counter all forms of terrorism and extremism.
The statement expressed sincere condolences to the families of the victims as well as the Egyptian government and people.
An official source at the Foreign Ministry expressed on Wednesday the State of Kuwait strong condemnation of the terrorist attack that targeted a security checkpoint in South Arish، Egypt.
The official source affirmed ugliness of terrorist operations، targeting humanity and the world stability and necessity of intensifying cooperation and international efforts to rid the world of this dangerous phenomenon.
He noted the State of Kuwait solidarity with the "brothers in Egypt in their efforts to combat terrorism and violence that target" the Egyptian people security and safety.
Moreover، he expressed condolences to families of the victims.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain strongly denounces the terrorist attack on a security checkpoint in the city of Al-Arish in the brotherly Arab Republic of Egypt، which resulted in the death of a number of security men، extending its deep condolences to the families and relatives of the victims.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirms the Kingdom of Bahrain’s stance of firm solidarity with the brotherly Arab Republic of Egypt and stands by its side in its tireless efforts to enhance security and consolidate stability. The Kingdom of Bahrain rejects all forms of violence، extremism and terrorism regardless its motives and justifications.
EU Ambassador to Egypt
EU Ambassador to Egypt، Ivan Surkos decried the deadly attack.
He tweeted saying; “My Profound condolences to families of Egyptians killed today by terrorist.”، adding “outrages disrespect of Eid al-Fitr”.
Egypt's mosques، churches condemn Sinai deadly attack on Eid day
Egypt's Al-Azhar، the world's top Islamic institution for Sunni Muslims، as well as the Orthodox and Catholic churches، strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attack in North Sinai province northeastern the country earlier Wednesday.
Taking place on Eid al-Fitr (fast-breaking feast) that follows the holy month of Ramadan، the armed attack that targeted a checkpoint in North Sinai's Arish city left eight security men dead، while the forces killed five of the terrorists.
"Those terrorists will not be able to take the Eid joy from the hearts of Egyptians،" Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said in a statement.
"All Egyptians، Muslims and Christians، are united in backing the armed forces and the police in the war against terrorism،" he added.
On the other hand، Egypt's Orthodox Church mourned the deaths of the security men in the attack، expressing support for the country's security apparatuses in their anti-terror campaign.
"The church supports the armed forces and the police in fighting terrorism and confronting those who attempt to undermine the nation's stability،" said the Orthodox Church in a statement.
Likewise، the country's Catholic Church condemned Arish attack that "seeks to spoil the celebrations of the blessed Eid al-Fitr،" offering condolences to the families of "the martyrs of national duty."