26 Egyptian army personnel killed in “militants attack” in North Sinai
At least 26 military personnel were reportedly killed or injured on Friday in what the Egyptian army described as a “failed militant attack” in Egypt’s North Sinai province, Anadolu Agency reported.
“Law enforcement forces in northern Sinai succeeded in foiling a terrorist attack carried out by extremist elements,” read an army statement released midday Friday, according to Anadolu Agency.
According to the army, at least 40 militants were killed — and six of their vehicles destroyed — after launching an attack on an army position in North Sinai.
The attackers did, however, manage to detonate a car bomb near an army checkpoint, according to the statement, leaving at least 26 security personnel either dead or injured, Anadolu Agency reported.
A local security source told Anadolu Agency earlier that a senior army officer and nine army conscripts had been killed in the car bomb attack.
“Unidentified gunmen attacked a military barricade in the village of Al-Barth in the city of Rafah,” the source, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media, said, according to Anadolu Agency.
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