CAIRO – At least 5 Egyptian soldiers and 15 attackers were killed in a series of assaults on military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, said Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir, the military spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces, in an official statement.
The assailants were reportedly armed with mortars, and light to medium weapons.
The spokesman added that forces are currently combing the area and tracking down any remaining terrorist elements.
Other security sources, meanwhile, told Efe that five soldiers were wounded during attacks on two checkpoints in the town of Sheikh Zwaid and against two others in Rafah, the town where the Gaza Strip border crossing is located.
The assailants first attacked using RPGs, and then proceeded with light to medium weapons, according to the source.
Since late last year, the Egyptian Army has been carrying out a large-scale military campaign in northern Sinai against Wilayat Sinai group, which swore its allegiance to the Islamic State.