A gang of armed smugglers have killed 15 Egyptian border guards near the frontier with Libya, security officials said.
Initial reports suggested up to 10 more guards may have been wounded in the attack.
The attack took place in Wadi al-Gadid governorate, which borders both Sudan and Libya.
Local media said three smugglers were killed in clashes with the guards, Reuters has reported.
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