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Two soldiers killed on Ismailia-Zagazig Desert Road attack

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Attack on Abu Sowair checkpoint is the third on security officials in Ismailia outskirts in past week

An Egyptian firefighter sprays water towards burnt vehicles after a car bomb attack outside a military intelligence building that wounded four people on October 19, 2013 in Egypt's canal city of Ismailia. The blast destroyed part of the military compound's wall and set fire to several cars in the area.  (AFP PHOTO\ STR)

An Egyptian firefighter sprays water towards burnt vehicles after a car bomb attack outside a military intelligence building that wounded four people on October 19, 2013 in Egypt’s canal city of Ismailia. The blast destroyed part of the military compound’s wall and set fire to several cars in the area.
(AFP PHOTO\ STR)

Two army soldiers were killed in an attack on Abu Sowair checkpoint on the Ismailia-Zagazig Desert Road in Sunday afternoon.

The office of the military spokesman said that a car without license plates opened fire on the checkpoint at 5.30pm causing the death of two soldiers before fleeing the scene. While Aswat Masriya reported three injuries, the information that was not confirmed by the spokesman’s office, which had said there were no injuries.

The spokesman’s office added that the Armed Forces are scanning the area in search of the assailants, with no progress so far reported.

Sunday’s attack represents the third attack on security officials in Ismailia’s outskirts since  last week.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Farouk Mandour was killed near the Ezz El-Din checkpoint on the Cairo-Ismailia Desert Road after militants opened fire on him on 4 November.

Police conscripts Al-Taher Mohamed Taher and Ahmed Abdallah Atteya were also killed after an assault on the km 105 checkpoint, close to Al-Manayef village on 5 November.

Perpetrators behind both attacks have yet to be apprehended.

A car bomb exploded near the Military Intelligence building, also in Ismaili,a on 19 October, causing damage to the building and injuring three soldiers.

“This is a continuation of a series of cowardly operations by terrorist groups motivated by dark goals against the Egyptian people, vital military installations and the general goals of the country,” Armed Forces spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali had then commented.

 


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