Sinai ambush


Seven soldiers and a civilian were killed in an ambush in Egypt’s North Sinai region, security sources said, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

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

Islamic State said 15 soldiers were killed in the attack, in a statement carried by its Amaq agency. The claim could not be verified.

Egypt has long been fighting Islamist militants, who waged an insurgency that killed hundreds of soldiers, police and residents, in the north of the Sinai Peninsula.

On Friday, Egypt’s Defence Ministry said security forces killed 118 militants in north and central Sinai in the “past period”, without giving dates.