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.