Sinai militants kill 4 Egypt security personnel: security, medical sources

The attack came at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Wednesday 05/06/2019
A general view of the new road to Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)
A general view of the new road to Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)

CAIRO - Militants killed four Egyptian security personnel on Wednesday at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, centre of a long-running jihadist insurgency, security and medical sources said.

"Terrorist elements snatched the mobiles of the security forces and are currently surrounded by the army and police," a security source told AFP.

Gunfire is being exchanged, he added.

Another security source confirmed four bodies had been transferred to a hospital mortuary in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish.

He told AFP there were fears the death toll would rise as there were reports of attacks on multiple checkpoints.

The attack came at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

(Agence France-Presse)