The Egyptian armed forces killed 15 IS-linked terrorists in Sinai Peninsula on Friday after suspected Jihadists’ attack on a checkpoint killed 12 security men.
“Our forces killed 15 terrorists. The clashes led to the martyrdom of 12 and injury of six armed forces heroes,” the army spokesman Brigadier Mohamed Samir said in a statement on Friday.
He said that the searching and combing operations are underway to track more Jihadists.
A group of militants attacked in the early morning one of the security checkpoints in North Sinai, located some 40 km from the town of Bir al-Abd, in four-wheel drives, opening fire on security men.
This is the first major attack in the central Sinai area as Bir al-Abd has yet been so far from the reach of the violence that has threatened northern Sinai over the past three years.
A military source noted that the assailants used rifles and automatic weapons, before fleeing the scene.
The victims have been transferred to El-Arish Hospital.
Egypt is battling wave of anti-security attacks since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist leader, in 2013, in retaliation of the killing of hundreds and arrest of thousands of his supporters.
A Sinai-based militant group loyal to the Islamic State (IS) regional group claimed responsibility for most of attacks.
Earlier this month, gunmen killed five Egyptian police conscripts in El-Arish.
Intensified Egyptian military raids killed and arrested several hundreds of IS-affiliate extremists in North Sinai as part of the country’s “anti-terrorism war” declared following Morsi’s ouster.