Militants kill 10 Egypt soldiers in Sinai
At least 10 Egyptian soldiers have been killed after militants ambushed a group of soldiers in restive Sinai, security officials say.
According to reports on Thursday, the two attacks also wounded 11 soldiers and several civilians.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Takfiri militant group calling itself Ansar Bait al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the region. The group has recently pledged allegiance to the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group and changed its name to Velayat Sinai.
Since the ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013, gunmen have launched terrorist attacks in Sinai, killing Egyptian security forces.
A state of emergency has been declared in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula since a militant attack on an Egyptian army checkpoint killed more than 30 soldiers in October 2014.
The Egyptian military considers the Sinai Peninsula a safe haven for gunmen, who use the region as a base for their “acts of terror.”
The Egyptian security forces say they have killed more than 172 militants since February in recent operations.