11 Egyptian Troops Killed, Five Injured in Militant Attack Near Suez Canal

Alleged terrorists targeted a water pumping facility east of the Suez Canal in Egypt. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

At least 11 Egyptian troops were killed and five others hurt Saturday when militants attacked a water pumping station east of the Suez Canal.

One officer was among the dead. The attack was one of the deadliest against Egyptian security forces in years.

Troops were chasing the militants in an isolated area of the northern Sinai Peninsula, the military said in a statement.

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Authorities did not say exactly where the attack took place, but two Northern Sinai residents told the Associated Press it was in the town of Qantara in the province of Ismailia, which stretches eastwards from the Suez Canal.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Eileen AJ Connelly

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