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Egypt: Six troops, 24 attackers killed in Sinai attacks

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 15/10/2017
An Egyptian military vehicle seen on a highway in northern Sinai [Reuters: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera An Egyptian military vehicle seen on a highway in northern Sinai [Reuters: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters]

At least six Egyptian soldiers and 24 attackers have been killed in a series of assaults on security posts in northern Sinai, according to security and hospital officials.

Dozens of fighters on Sunday used using heavy machine guns and mortars to carry out a series of near-simultaneous attacks at and around the town of Sheikh Zweid. 

Apache helicopter gunships were called in to repel the attackers, the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media, told The Associated Press news agency.

An army statement said 24 attackers were killed, one wounded and two SUVs they used were destroyed.

"Our security forces continued to sweep the area, confirming their continued efforts to eliminate terrorist elements," said the statement posted on the army's official Facebook page.

Security and medical sources told Reuters news agency that about 20 members of the security forces had been wounded in the attacks.

AP put the number of soldiers killed at seven and wounded at 37, citing security and hospital officials.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

Fighters linked to the group have staged dozens of attacks in the area in recent years.

On Friday, ISIL claimed an assault on security forces in the peninsula that killed at least six soldiers.

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