UPDATED: 26 army personnel killed or wounded, 40 militants killed in North Sinai: Egypt military

Ahram Online | Friday 7 July 2017

Security forces in North Sinai have successfully foiled a terrorist assault on some Checkpoints south of Rafah, killing 40 militants,” the army said in a statement

File photo: An Egyptian military vehicle is seen on the highway in northern Sinai, Egypt, in May 25, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

 

By Ahmed Eleiba

The Egyptian military said on Friday that 26 army personnel were killed or injured by car bombs that targeted a security checkpoint near Rafah in North Sinai, and that the army had killed 40 militants in the attacks.

“Security forces in North Sinai have successfully foiled a terrorist assault on some checkpoints south of Rafah, killing 40 militants,” the army said in a statement.

“Forces at one checkpoint were targeted by [a number of] car bombs, which killed and injured 26 personnel,” the statement added.

The army did not provide a breakdown of the casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Security forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency for several years in North Sinai; militants have killed hundreds of security personnel. Egyptian troops have also killed hundreds of militants during operations in the border region.

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