Egypt Sinai border attack - 13 killed

2012-08-05 21:17
An Egyptian soldier keeps guard at a watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border with Israel in the Sinai. (David Buimovitch, AFP)

An Egyptian soldier keeps guard at a watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border with Israel in the Sinai. (David Buimovitch, AFP)

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Cairo - At least 13 Egyptian border guards were killed on Sunday in an attack on a checkpoint near the country's border with Israel, security and medical sources said.

The medical source said gunmen in Bedouin attire drove up in two vehicles and opened fire on the post, killing 13 guards.

AP reports a senior Egyptian security official says masked gunmen have killed 13 border guards with automatic rifles and weapons mounted on vehicles in an attack on a checkpoint along the Egyptian border with Gaza and Israel.

State TV said the Sunday attack was carried out by Islamist militants, but did not report on casualties.

The security official said seven other guards were wounded in the attack. It took place around sunset, when the troops were having the traditional meal at the end of the daily Ramadan fast.

The official said clashes left 13 Egyptian border guards dead. He said the attackers seized an armored vehicle before driving away. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to reporters.

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