Iran warns of new terrorist attacks by 'defeated Daesh' across world

Egypt's Armed Forces announced on Friday that 26 soldiers were killed or wounded in an attacks on security checkpoints near the North Sinai town of Rafah.

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

At least 26 soldiers were killed or injured after being targeted by vehicle bombs, the statement said without elaborating the number of those killed and injured separately. The Egyptian Armed Forces did not clarify how numerous soldiers were killed in the attack.

At least 26 Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded in two suicide attacks on army checkpoints in Egypt's thinly populated Sinai, reported news agency AFP.

This story is developing.

Hamas' spokesman Fawzi Barhoum says the group considers the attack in Sinai "a criminal, a terrorist, and a coward attack that doesn't target Egypt only, but the security and stability of the entire Arab nation".


The sources said the militants belong to Sinai-based Sinai State group, which declared loyalty to the Islamic State (IS) group in 2014.

Suicide vehicle bomb attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, Egypt, have left at least 23 soldiers dead, Egyptian security sources say. The militants opened fire on the soldiers with machine guns for almost half an hour, they said.

Security officials told the Associated Press that Friday's attack targeted a military compound in al-Barth, south-west of Rafah, where about 60 soldiers were based.

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

That attack was later claimed by the Hasam Movement, a militant group that has claimed several attacks around Cairo targeting judges and policemen since past year. It did not name the militants' suspected affiliation.


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