Friday, September 21, 2012

One Israeli soldier, 3 attackers killed in Egypt border attack; major assault foiled

One of three assailants who crossed from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to attack Israeli soldiers on Friday blew himself up, an Egyptian security official told AFP.

“Three gunmen infiltrated Israeli territory from central Sinai. Two were killed by the Israeli army, the third detonated the explosives vest he was wearing,” the source said.

“According to our information, an Israeli soldier was killed,” he said, in the attack in which the Israeli military said all three assailants also died.

The Israeli army confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed and another wounded in in the operation along the Egyptian border, AFP reported.

“I can confirm he is dead,” a military spokeswoman said, adding that another soldier was “moderately injured” in the attack by three gunmen who infiltrated from Egypt’s Sinai.

The Israeli military earlier said their forces had prevented a major assault.

“A big terror attack was thwarted. Three terrorists infiltrated from Sinai into Israel and opened fire towards IDF soldiers guarding the border,” army spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich said. more