26 Egyptian army personnel killed in “militants attack” in North Sinai

At least 40 militants were killed, and six of their vehicles destroyed

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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