According to the Egyptian Military on Sunday, the attackers used car bombs and rocket propelled grenades to attack several military outposts south of the border town of Sheikh Zuweid. Some 20 Egyptian security forces were also injured in the attacks which have been claimed by the Daesh terrorist group.
On Friday, the terrorist group also claimed responsibility for another attack on security forces that claimed the lives of at least six soldiers.
Over the past years, militants have been carrying out anti-government activities and fatal attacks, taking advantage of the turmoil caused in Egypt after the democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup in July 2013.
The Velayat Sinai militant group, which is an affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for most of the assaults. The group later expanded the assaults to target members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community as well as foreigners visiting the country. That has prompted the government to impose the state of emergency and widen a controversial crackdown, which critics say has mostly targeted dissidents.