Fighting in Sinai kills 2 Egyptian soldiers

An army checkpoint is seen in el-Arish city, in North Sinai, July 15, 2013. (File photo: Reuters)

A security official in Egypt says clashes between soldiers and wanted al-Qaeda-inspired militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula have killed two soldiers and wounded eight.

The official says heavy gunfire Friday rocked a village called al-Mahdiya along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. He says troops backed by armored vehicles are fighting against three of the most-wanted Ansar Jerusalem militants, including Shadi al-Manaei, a suspected mastermind of the previous attacks.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

Ansar Jerusalem, like other Sinai-based al-Qaeda-inspired groups, have been blamed for rising attacks against Egypt’s military and police since the military ousted former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41