Islamic State terrorists hijacked an Egyptian missile boat that they planned to use against Israeli targets, but the plot was thwarted by the Egyptian Navy, according to Arab media reports on Monday.
The hijackers were going to then attack and seize an Israeli ship to use as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the release of Palestinian prisoners, the reports said.
The incident, which reportedly took place on November 14 in the Mediterranean Sea after the ship was taken over as it departed the Suez Canal, ended when the hijacked vessel was neutralized in an exchange of fire.
The Egyptian Navy, along with Egyptian Air Force helicopters, attacked three boats, killing some Islamic State members and arresting 32 others.
An Egyptian military spokesperson stated that five soldiers were injured and eight were declared missing.
Egyptian military sources say that “the Egyptian security forces are looking into the possibility that a foreign country gave logistical assistance to the Islamic State terrorists.”