Two Egyptian soldiers, 5 militants killed in North Sinai shootout

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

Egypt's military says two conscripts and five militants have been killed in a shootout at a military checkpoint in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

A military spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that two other militants were injured and some others fled the scene. He gave no further details.

Unnamed security sources were quoted in the local media as saying that several gunmen had attacked a security checkpoint outside Sinai's city of Rafah near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Over the past years, militants have been carrying out anti-government activities and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil caused in Egypt after the democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup in July 2013.

Terror attacks in Egypt used to focus on police and military personnel in North Sinai, before spreading nationwide and targeting the Coptic minority, with a lot of them claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across Sinai, especially in the peninsula's volatile northeastern quadrant, which shares borders with both Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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