Militants had publicly identified the Sinai mosque, which also served as a Sufi center, as a target months ago
In light of the threat from Sinai, Egypt has deployed 20,000-25,000 soldiers to the area, far exceeding the amount allowed by the Israel-Egyptian peace accords. But with Israel’s blessing and intelligence cooperation, Wilayet Sinai’s 1,000 fighters are on the back foot.
Security sources believe the killing of Brig. Gen. Adel Rajaei outside his home in a suburb of the Cairo may be revenge for his military role.