Gunmen kill 21 Egyptian troops in security checkpoint attack

Gunmen killed 21 Egyptian soldiers at a security checkpoint on Saturday. Security officials said the attackers were smugglers but an army spokesman said the assailants were "terrorists".

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At least 21 Egyptian soldiers dead in checkpoint attack

Gunmen killed 21 Egyptian soldiers at a security checkpoint on Saturday.

Security forces have been targeted by militants since Mohammed Morsi was ousted over a year ago. Credit: Reuters

Officials said a weapons storage facility was blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade during the attack in Wadi al-Gadid governorate in western Egypt.

Security officials said the attackers were smugglers but an army spokesman said the assailants were "terrorists".

Two of the gunmen were killed in the clashes.

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