File Photo: Al-Azhar . Al-Ahram
In a statement, Al-Azhar said the Egyptian people fully support their Armed Forces and police in their war against insidious terrorism.
The largest Islamic institution in the Sunni world also reiterated its support for the efforts of the Egypt Army and police forces against terrorism.
Al-Azhar condoled with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the victims, the families of the victims, and the Egyptian people, while also wishing the injured a speedy recovery, the statement read.
The Egyptian Armed Forces announced the attack by takfiri terrorists on Saturday evening, adding that five more soldiers were injured in addition to those killed.
The remaining terrorists are currently being hunted down and are besieged in one of the isolated areas in Sinai, the statement added.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, which is the first major attack of its kind in recent years.
Terrorist attacks in North Sinai have declined in recent years following massive and successive security and military operations.
These attacks targeted security forces, particularly at military and police checkpoints, as well as civilians, causing hundreds of casualties.
Meanwhile, hundreds of terrorists were killed in anti-terror military operations, according to Armed Forces periodical reports.
In 2018, the Armed Forces launched a major counterterrorist drive, Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018, that has succeeded in near eradication of terrorism from North Sinai as well as the Nile Delta and desert areas.