CAIRO: Six militants were killed today in Egypt after security forces foiled a terrorist attack that targeted a security checkpoint in the restive North Sinai region, officials said.
The terrorists opened fire on the checkpoint and clashed with the forces in el-Masoura checkpoint in Rafah, the officials said.
Four security personnel were injured in the clashes. The injured were transferred to hospital for treatment.
Egypt's North Sinai witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled the ex-president Hosni Mubarak.
The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following massive protests against his rule.
Over 700 security personnel have been reported killed since then.
The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.