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21 Egyptian soldiers killed in rocket attack in Al-Wadi Al-Gedid
Rocket-propelled grenades reportedly used in attack on military checkpoint in southern Egypt
Ahram Online, Sunday 20 Jul 2014
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Egyptian border guards (Photo: AP)

Militants attacked a military checkpoint in Al-Wadi Al-Gedid governorate in southern Egypt on Saturday, killing 21 border guards, announced army spokesman Mohamed Samir.

According to Samir, the slain were killed during an exchange of fire with the unknown gunmen which lead "to the exploding of the checkpoint's ammunition storage" which he says was fired at using rocket-propelled grenades.

Another four soldiers were injured "in addition to the killing of some terrorists" said Samir.

The army's statement added that two vehicles carrying ammunition and primed to explode, were confiscated at the scene and defused.

An anonymous security source quoted by MENA had originally described the assailants as smugglers.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the same checkpoint was targeted two months ago when five army conscripts and an officer were killed by gunmen.

Al-Wadi Al-Gedid is a large governorate that borders both Libya and Sudan. According to MENA, the attacks took place at a checkpoint at the 100km mark on the road from Cairo to Farfara, a local town.

The attack was reportedly carried at iftar, the post-sunset meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan, resembling at attack in August 2012 in which 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed by militants in Sinai, close to the border with Israel, during Ramadan at the time of iftar.

Saturday's attack is the biggest such single act of violence against army or police since last August when 25 police conscripts were killed near Sinai's Rafah.

Militant attacks targeting police and military have been commonplace since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last summer amid mass protests against his year-long rule.

 





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Sam
21-07-2014 04:32pm
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Wacko
Hey you Egyption what are you expecting from sisi he gonna kill everyone who utters against him you will understand that but it will be too late for you
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Masry
20-07-2014 08:42pm
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Haq of course u won't shed a tear for the martyrs
Of course Haq. I know you brainwashed sheep won't shed a tear for the 22 martyrs. That's what my message was about. All the fake outrage at their murder. Brain washed sheep you think your doing gods work..... Islam is innocent of you savages
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Haq
27-07-2014 04:29pm
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@ Masry
Are you illiterate? Read what I wrote carefully. I never said I wouldn't shed a tear for these soldiers, I said I'd FIRST shed 1000 for the martyrs massacred at Rabaa. I actually find it tragic that these soldiers died serving the traitor Sisi. We must truly be nearing the end of times when blind sheep brainwashed by propaganda and false media campaigns call those not fooled by political criminals "sheep". How ironically pathetic! Islam is innocent of unjust/corrupt rulers and savage murdering terrorists like the MOI/military that turn their guns on peaceful civilians. What is your idea of doing God’s will? By supporting the legacy of Mubarak and having injustice prevail? The more you post, the higher level of hypocrisy you expose, just stop embarrassing yourself sheep…
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Nolman
20-07-2014 03:56pm
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Sack Sisi
Sisi is a foreign agent sent to divide Egypt and create a Syria type situation like Assad created. This attack further proves Sisi and his policy of politicizing the army must go. Separate politics and the army.
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Masry
20-07-2014 02:29pm
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Stupid sheep
My god I can't believe the level of ignorance. Please save us the false outrage. The cowardly murder of 21 fasting Muslim Egyptians away from their families to protect Egypt from extremist savages don't sheep that have been. Brainwashed like yourselves that don't know what Islam is. Is the reason Egyptians rose up against your masters the. Ikhwan and their puppet morsi. Egyptians demanded and el Sisi obeyed. Egyptians overwhelmingly support el Sisi against these terrorists and their supporters. Maybe you brainwashed savages should go to Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria no room for you here in a united Egypt united against your retarded ideology and terrorism. El Sisi will defend Egypt and defend Islam from you brainwashed idiots..... 21 Egyptian martyrs there is 85 million more that will die protecting Egypt from you extremist terrorists
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Haq
20-07-2014 06:53pm
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@ Masry - true stupid sheep
It must be nice living in the dream world. Actually, based on your emotionally charged response, it must be torture being delusional. At least having criminal supporters such as yourself do mental acrobatics to try to justify their brainwashed support of evil, is actually quite satisfying. I'll shed 1000 tears for those massacred at Rabaa before I shed one for these "soldiers" whom you claim are defending Egypt but reality shows they're only destroying it. Those at Rabaa and elsewhere are the true defenders of Egypt. Only ignorant, delusional sheep like you believe in the false media campaign and propaganda. Sisi defend Islam?? That's just laughable. Thousands were martyred at Rabaa, and 1 billion more Muslims worldwide are willing to die to protect Egypt and the Ummah from you extreme terrorists!
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Hasan
20-07-2014 12:48pm
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Heads must be rolled
Morally Gen CC or Min of Defence must resign or must be sacked.This a criminal negligence of the border security.Army must secure the borders NOT to rule or involve in politics.Army is NOT for politics,if the Generals forgot their duty they must be sacked.
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expat
20-07-2014 10:55am
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so the training camps at the lybian border work...
some days ago there was a report about the training camps of extremists just over the border inside lybia seems, this new danger grows for egypt, the huge open desert border will be difficult to monitor
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Jabo
20-07-2014 08:35am
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Sisi must resign
As soon as possible susi must go .othervice Egypt divide same like Iraq .third revulation is very important for Egyptian .sisi full responsible all bloodshed
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Khan
20-07-2014 08:30am
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Shame
This is a result army and court action .sisi already maked Egypt pakistan and afganistan .if sisi do not understand and public do not come out against army and court Then good by Egypt
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Ajay
20-07-2014 04:05am
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Sad.
Condolences. It is sad that due to politics, innocents are killed.
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Ahmet
20-07-2014 01:43am
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Sinai must be flattened
President Al Sisi now has a historic opportunity and justification to bomb Sinai once for all for Egypt to prosper. This must not go unanswered. Let Israel take care of the other side. To eradicate these terrorists Egypt and Israel must come together , if leaders have to bend to uneducated masses the Sinai will become a biggest threat to Egypt.
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