|Published : 14 Oct 2016, 18:08:23|
Militant attack kills 12 Egyptian soldiers
Suspected Islamic militants attacked an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula and killed 12 soldiers here, said Egyptian security and medical officials.
The officials said the Friday attack about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the Suez Canal wounded another eight soldiers. They had no word on casualties among the militants, reports AP.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.
Egypt has for years battled militants in Sinai, but the insurgency has grown deadlier and spread into the mainland since the 2013 ouster of an elected Islamist president. The militants are now led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.
There has been a recent surge in attacks in Sinai, but attacks elsewhere in Egypt have declined. –RH