Two Egyptian soldiers, 5 militants killed in North Sinai shootout

Egypt troops in Northern Sinai

Egypt troops in Northern Sinai

Egypt's Armed Forces hindered a terrorist attack on Wednesday on a security checkpoint in North Sinai, killing five militants and injuring two others.

"One of the extremists wearing an explosives belt attempted to break into a military checkpoint, but the forces were alert and they killed him and directly dealt with his fellows", Military Spokesman Tamer al-Refaay said in a statement.

The news comes two days after at least 18 policemen, including a general, were killed some 30 kilometers west of el-Arish in northern Sinai after militants ambushed their convoy.

Over the past years, militants have been carrying out anti-government activities and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil caused in Egypt after the democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup in July 2013.

No group immediately assumed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded two others.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across Sinai, especially in the peninsula's volatile northeastern quadrant, which shares borders with both Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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