Six militants were killed on Thursday in Egypt after security forces foiled a terrorist attack thattargeted a security checkpoint in the restive North Sinairegion, officials said.
The terrorists opened fire on the checkpoint and clashedwith the forces in el-Masoura checkpoint in Rafah, theofficials said. Four security personnel were injured in the clashes.
Theinjured were transferred to hospital for treatment. Egypt's North Sinai witnessed many violent attacks bymilitants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled theex-president Hosni Mubarak.
The attacks targeting police and military increased afterthe ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013following massive protests against his rule.
Over 700 security personnel have been reported killedsince then. The military has launched security campaigns in the area,arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong toterrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading tothe Gaza Strip.