News

21 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Egypt Attack

21 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Egypt Attack
A black Al-Qaeda flag found at the scene of the attack. Credit: AMAY
A black jihadist flag found at the scene of the attack. Credit: AMAY

Egypt’s President has declared three days of moruning after 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed at a military checkpoint in the south of Egypt an hour before sundown on Saturday.

Egypt’s military spokesperson confirmed gunmen ambushed a military checkpoint in Al-Wadi Al-Gedid (The New Valley Governorate), killing 21 soldiers and injuring four others. At least three militants were also killed in the attack.

The country has also declared a state of emergency on the New Valley Governorate, particularly on the border of Sudan.

According to the military spokesperson, gunmen deployed heavy weaponry, including rocket propelled grenades and  heavy machine guns mounted on vehicles.

Photographs from the scene of the attack. Credit: AMAY
Photographs from the scene of the attack. Credit: AMAY

This is the second time the same military checkpoint was attacked this year. Three months ago, another similar attack left five Egyptian soldiers dead.

This is the second deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers since August 2013, when 25 Egyptian soldiers were killed in the border city of Rafah while returning home to their families for a holiday.

In August 2012, another deadly attack killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah as they were breaking their Ramadan fast during sunset. The August 2012 attack led to the removal of Defence Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and his replacement with Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who came to power as Egypt’s President in June 2014.

The military checkpoint after the attack. Credit: AMAY
The military checkpoint after the attack. Credit: AMAY

'Bodies scattered on the streets of Gaza' as death toll hits 400
Supporting Sustainable Change in Egypt

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

11 Sentenced to Death for Port Said Massacre, Celebrations Held

Aya NaderFebruary 20, 2017

ISIS Releases Video Threatening Egypt’s Christians, Showing Church Bomber

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2017

Rockets Fired from Egypt’s Sinai at Israel for Second Time This Month

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 20, 2017

Top Oil Companies Plan to Invest in Egypt More Than Anywhere in the World

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 19, 2017

The Egyptian ‘Blind Sheikh’, Linked to 1993 New York Attack, Dies in U.S. Prison

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 19, 2017

Three Egyptian Soldiers Killed During Central Sinai Raids on Terrorist Hideouts

Egyptian StreetsFebruary 18, 2017

Russian Government Approves Egyptian-Russian Aviation Security Protocol

Toqa EzzidinFebruary 18, 2017

Egypt’s Cotton Exports Increase by 63.9%

Aswat MasriyaFebruary 17, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 ES Media UG. All Rights Reserved.