Egypt army kills 20 militants in Sinai, says official

Egyptian military troops and jets killed 20 militants in the Sinai region bordering Israel on Wednesday, striking back after armed men attacked several security checkpoints, an army commander in Sinai has told Reuters.

He said: "We have succeeded in entering al-Toumah village, killed 20 terrorists and destroyed three armoured cars belonging to terrorists. Operations are still ongoing."

The military offensive follows attacks on Sunday that killed 16 border guards and which the government blamed partly on Islamist militants.

The commander said the army had received information that many militants were in al-Toumah village.

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Fresh clashes in Egypt's Sinai

Egyptian police clashed with armed men in northern Sinai today, state television said. Egyptian forces killed 20 militants in the region bordering Israel on Wednesday, striking back after armed men attacked security checkpoints.