Seven dead after failed north Sinai attack


Five militants and two soldiers were killed in clashes aftef a failed attack on a security checkpoint in Egypt’s strife-torn North Sinai province, a military spokesman said.

Troops were seeking militants who fled the scene during the clashes, the spokesman said in a statement.
“One of the militants, wearing an explosive vest, attempted to raid one a security checkpoint and due to the vigilance of the security forces the terrorist was killed while the rest of the militants were dealt with,” he said.

An Islamist insurgency in North Sinai has gathered pace since mid-2013 when the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule and the group leading it pledged allegiance to Islamic State a year later.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since and in recent months the attacks extended to Coptic Christians, who make up 10% of Egypt’s 90 million population.