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An official Hamas statement said:
"Hamas condemns this ugly crime that killed a number of Egyptian soldiers and extends its deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the leadership and the people of Egypt."
Israel blamed unidentified Gaza militants. A supportive Haaretz article headlined "Armed militants attack Egyptian army outpost, try to infiltrate Israel border," saying:
"Armed attackers" stole an armored personnel carrier. They "killed around 15 Egyptian policemen." Israeli air strikes destroyed their APC. IDF officials claimed it avoided a "large-scale terror attack."
"A second personnel carrier exploded at the Kerem Shalom border terminal." It connects Israel, Gaza and Egypt. The vehicle didn't penetrate Israeli territory. No injuries were reported.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said:
"IDF forces, under the command of Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, and on the orders of Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and with the assistance of the Shin Bet, showed alertness, sharpness and purposefulness, and prevented a terror attack that could have caused many casualties."
"The way the attackers operated once again raises the necessity of resolute Egyptian action to impose security and prevent terror in Sinai."