Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Egypt fires missiles against suspected militants in Sinai

An Egyptian army vehicle keeps its position close to the Rafah border crossing with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip (AFP Photo / Ahmed Mahmoud)

Source: Russia Today

The Egyptian military has launched an assault against suspected Islamist militants after they attacked security checkpoints along the Egyptian-Israeli border. At least 20 people have reportedly been killed.

This comes just two days after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed in similar attack.

Egyptian security officials told AP that attack helicopters had fired missiles just hours after three security checkpoints were attacked by suspected militants around North Sinai’s town of Sheikh Zuwaid, 10 kilometers from the Gaza strip.

Egyptian troops entered the village of al-Toumah, nearby Sheikh Zuwaid after they were informed of Islamist insurgent activity there, a military commander told Reuters.

"We have succeeded in entering al-Toumah village, killed 20 terrorists and destroyed three armored cars belonging to terrorists. Operations are still ongoing," the commander said to Reuters.

The exchange of fire started in the late hours of Tuesday and lasted until Wednesday morning.

According to Ahram, the state news website, 20 suspected militants were killed in the attacks. Six people were wounded, officials say. Among them were a military officer, two soldiers, two policemen and a civilian whose condition is critical.

The attackers also targeted a cement production company in Sinai, Al Jazeera reports.

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