Israeli soldier, three others killed in Egypt border clashes

Published Friday, September 21, 2012

Updated 4:39pm: Israeli soldiers killed three armed men who crossed into Israel from Egypt on Friday, the army said, with local media reporting that an Israeli soldier had also died in the incident.

The military declined to comment on Israeli casualties. Israel claimed the men were strapped with explosives.

It was at least the fourth cross-border attack into Israel from Sinai in just over a year.

Previous attacks were blamed on Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip and their supporters, who have allegedly established bases in the Sinai.

An Egyptian security source said one of the gunmen died when a bomb he was carrying detonated and the other two were killed in a gun battle with Israeli forces. He added that the nationalities of the gunmen were not immediately clear.

In August, Islamist militants killed 16 Egyptian border guards and commandeered an armored vehicle which they smashed across the border before being killed by the Israeli military.

In June, militants crossed the border area and fired on Israelis building a barrier along the desert frontier, killing a worker, before soldiers shot dead two of the attackers.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

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