25 Egyptian soldiers killed by militants in Sinai
Published Monday 19/08/2013 (updated) 21/08/2013 09:52
El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- At least 25 Egyptian soldiers were killed by militants in an ambush on two buses in north Sinai on Monday.
The soldiers were reportedly executed by militants after being ordered to leave the buses. The armed gunmen forced the soldiers to lie on the ground before shooting them, security officials told Ma'an.
Three other Egyptian servicemen were injured in the attack.
Military helicopters are transferring the bodies of the dead soldiers to Cairo.
The soldiers were part of a central security unit deployed along the Israel-Egypt border and around Rafah, officials added.
It is the deadliest attack on Egypt's armed forces since militants killed 16 soldiers near the Gaza fence last August.
On Thursday, militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killed seven soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint, security officials said.
Since the military coup that toppled Mursi after massive nationwide protests against his rule, militant groups have launched almost daily attacks on troops and police in Sinai.