Attacks near Egypt-Gaza border kill 23 soldiers

At least ten Egyptian soldiers including a colonel were killed in the suicide bomb attack on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai, security sources said.

In response to the deadly attack, the Egyptian army killed about 40 terrorists and foiled additionally planned attacks.

The attackers did, however, manage to detonate a auto bomb near an army checkpoint, according to the statement, leaving at least 26 security personnel either dead or injured.

A number of foreign ministries have issued statements condemning a militant attack in North Sinai on Friday that killed or injured 26 Egyptian soldiers.

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The attack is the most severe in Sinai since at least July 2015, when Islamic State militants assaulted simultaneously a slew of checkpoints and military sites around North Sinai.

Palestinian group Hamas has also condemned the attack, with spokesman Fawzi Barhoum describing it as "a cowardly terrorist act that doesn't only target Egypt and its stability, but also the security of all Arab nations".

Islamic militants unleashed a suicide vehicle bomb and heavy gunfire on an Egyptian military checkpoint in northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Friday, killing 23 troops and wounding 33, officials said.

Dozens of masked militants then opened fire on the soldiers, Associated Press cited official sources as saying.

"A vehicle broke into an army checkpoint in the village of Al-Bars, south of Rafah", the source said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak to the media.

The dead included a high ranking special forces officer, Col. Ahmed el-Mansi.

In the past four years, Egypt has endured multiple terror attacks primarily perpetrated by ISIS groups in the Sinai.

  • Joey Payne