Egypt border guards killed in western desert

Security officials say at least 15 Egyptian troops have been killed in an attack by armed men on a checkpoint in the country’s western desert.

An Interior Ministry official and a military official said the attackers opened fire at a checkpoint on Saturday in the western desert governorate of Wadi el-Gedid, about 500km from Cairo.

Fighters have stepped up attacks on the security forces since President Mohamed Morsi was toppled in July 2013 as the army struggles to quell an insurgency that has killed scores of soldiers and police, mainly in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The officials said the attackers also used rocket-propelled grenades in the attack.
The officials said three attackers were killed in ensuing clashes.

A medical official said five troops, including officers, were wounded.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to journalists.
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