Tons of explosives buried by the Nazis in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula are now in danger of being re-used as Islamic State and other jihadi groups are digging up the desert to uncover this massive cache, the NEWSWEEK reported.
Reports confirmed that jihadists use the munitions as materials for making bombs, IEDs and other weapons.
Up to 17 million landmines are estimated to be buried in an arid area in Egypt’s northwest around the battleground of Al-Alamein battle, which took place between the Axis powers and Allied forces in 1942.
In 2004, a notorious jihadi group known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (which later pledged allegiance to ISIS), massacred 34 people in the resort city of Taba. The explosives used in the bloody attack were reportedly harvested from old mines.
In July 2015, ISIS-affiliated militants launched a wave of suicide bombings and attacks on Egyptian Army outposts, killing nearly 100 servicemen and civilians.
Egyptian authorities accused Hamas of smuggling weapons and ammunition to jihadi group following the overthrow of former president Mohammed Morsi.