The JV team continues its busy Ramadan. “ISIS-linked terrorist’s rocket attack sets navy warship ablaze in Mediterranean,” by Chris Hughes, Mirror, July 16, 2015:
ISIS forces dramatically blew up a navy ship today in the first sea attack the extremists have launched.
They fired a deadly rocket salvo at the Egyptian patrol boat which burst into flames as it patrolled the Mediterranean off northern Sinai.
A coastguard vessel just two miles out to sea had earlier opened fire on militants on the coast of northern Sinai, which borders Israel and Gaza.
When heavily armed fighters fired back they opened up with suspected rocket propelled grenades which smashed into the boat’s side, exploding on impact.
The ship regularly patrols the coast there and it is thought ISIS jihadis may have lain in wait for it.
It is thought to be the first sea attack by the Islamic State to hit a target.
ISIS has a foothold of around 2,000 fighters on Sinai – a peninsula whose southern tip is popular with British holidaymakers including the resort of Sharm el Sheikh.
The terror network established itself in Sinai around six months ago.
Fortunately there were no fatalities among the vessel’s crew in the shootout, according to Egyptian military spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Samir….