File photo: Egyptian army in the Sinai peninsula (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt's military spokesperson Tamer El-Refai said that seven militants were killed in a clash in North Sinai on Saturday morning.
"Terrorist elements attacked one of the security checkpoints in North Sinai," he said in a statement.
"The pursuit and elimination of the terrorist elements in the area where the incident took place is still ongoing.”
El-Refai said 15 Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded during the shootout.
The clash took place on Saturday at 6am.