Egyptian military: Two soldiers, 3 militants killed in Sinai battle

December 20, 2013 18:00

The Egyptian army said two soldiers were killed in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday while they carried out a raid that also left three Al-Qaida-linked militants dead.

The army had launched the morning operation after receiving information that a wanted militant was hiding out in an area west of Rafah, in North Sinai.

The two soldiers, both conscripts, died when a gunbattle broke out after the troops came under fire, the army said in a statement. It said the operation was continuing and armed helicopters had been deployed.

Security sources said the militants involved in the gunbattle were members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which means "Supporters of Jerusalem".

The group claimed responsibility for a September suicide bomb attack in Cairo on the interior minister. He survived unscathed.

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