Egypt: militants killed eight in Sinai attack (sources)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Seven soldiers and one civilian were killed in an attack in Egypt’s northern Sinai on Friday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, security sources said.

Two soldiers were wounded in the attack in Bir al-Abed, the sources said.

ISIS said in a statement posted on its Amaq agency that 15 soldiers were killed in the attack. The claim could not be confirmed.

Egypt has long been battling Islamist militants launching attacks that have killed hundreds of army, police and civilians in the northern part of the Sinai peninsula.

Egypt’s defense ministry also said on Friday that security forces had killed 118 militants in northern and central Sinai in the “past period”. The ministry gave no details.

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