Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist "ISIS"/ "ISIL"] terrorists have claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Egyptian forces on the Sinai Peninsula in which at least 23 soldiers lost their lives. Despite the heavy casualties, the military claims it foiled the major assault, killing dozens of terrorists.
At least 33 others were wounded in the major militant assault on an Egyptian army checkpoint near Rafah Friday, according to the latest figures.
The attack in North Sinai started with at least one suicide bomber ramming a vehicle into the army's outpost which had roughly 60 soldiers.
Immediately after the security perimeter of the outpost was breached, a small army of militants traveling in 24 Land Cruiser SUVs, and armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, descended on the Egyptian armed forces.
In a battle that reportedly lasted roughly half an hour, the militants allegedly managed to loot some weapons and ammunition before fleeing, officials familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The Egyptian military succeeded in taking down dozens of militants despite their heavy losses.
"Security forces in North Sinai have successfully foiled a terrorist assault on some checkpoints south of Rafah, killing 40 militants," the army said in a statement, Ahram online reported.
Daesh claimed the responsibility for the deadly assault, claiming that two suicide car bombers initiated the attack while militants who were willing to die engaged the troops. The terrorist group claimed the attack was launched just prior to the start of the Egyptian army's operation against the terrorists in the region.
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