Sunday, August 5, 2012

Egyptian police killed in attack on Israeli border

Unidentified gunmen have attacked a checkpoint on the Egyptian-Israeli border, killing at least 13 Egyptian policemen, officials say.

Israel said the heavily armed attackers, in two vehicles, then tried to smash their way across the border.

One vehicle blew up at the North Sinai crossing, Israel's military said. The other was destroyed by its air force.

It is not clear who carried out the raid. Egyptian state television blamed Islamist militants.

The country's state news agency later quoted a top security official who said the gunmen were "jihadists" who had infiltrated from the Gaza Strip.

Israel's defence minister Ehud Barak said the country's security forces had "thwarted an attack that could have injured many". Read More