CAIRO : A gang of arms traffickers killed six Egyptian border guards on Sunday after they crossed into the country from Libya , the military said.
“The army deplores the killing of an officer and five soldiers from the army’s border protection corps attacked by arms traffickers while patrolling a mountainous area,” it said in a statement. The attack, in Egypt’s northwest, happened shortly after midnight, with the assailants believed to be Egyptians, a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“This attack comes after border guards successfully arrested 68 traffickers and seized a large quantity of weapons,” the army statement said, without elaborating or giving a date for the operation. Libya has been awash with weapons and gripped by unrest since the NATO-backed uprising that toppled dictator Moamer Gaddafi in 2011, with the rival militias who ousted him vying for control.
A wave of insecurity in Egypt boosted the popularity of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who scored a crushing presidential election victory last week.