Six Egyptian border guards killed in shootout with smugglers: Army

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Jun 2016

Egyptian army troops deployed in North Sinai (Photo: Reuters)

Six Egyptian border guards were killed Thursday morning in a shootout with smugglers in the desert near Egypt's western border with Libya, the army said in a statement.

A group of armed smugglers opened fire on border guards on patrol, killing two officers and four conscripts before fleeing westward.

A number of smugglers were also killed or injured, the statement added without providing further details.

Military ground and air forces were dispatched to comb the area for the suspects.

A security source told Al-Ahram Arabic website that the incident took place in the El-Farafra Oasis, an area notorious for smuggling activity.

The bodies of those killed have been transferred to Cairo, Al-Ahram added.

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