Suspected IS militants eliminate 6 soldiers in Egypt'' s Sinai

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017|12:32 p.m.

EL-ARISH, Egypt– Suspected Islamic State militants on Sunday attacked six checkpoints in the rough north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing six soldiers and injuring 37, according to security and health center authorities.

The officials stated the near-simultaneous attacks took place at and around the town of Sheikh Zweid, with lots of militants using heavy machine guns and mortars. Apache helicopter gunships were contacted to drive away the enemies, stated the authorities. An army declaration said 24 of the assailants were eliminated and 2 SUVs they utilized were destroyed.

The area was being combed by army troops in pursuit of the militants, stated the statement.

The officials spoke on condition of privacy since they were not licensed to speak to the media.

Egyptian security forces have for years battled militants in northern Sinai, which surrounds the Gaza Strip and Israel. But the insurgency there has actually gotten momentum after the Egyptian military ousted a chosen Islamist president in 2013.

The revolt is led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

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