Islamic militants killed four Egyptian security personnel on Wednesday at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, part of a long-running extremist insurgency, security and medical sources said according to alarabiya.net.
“Terrorist elements snatched the mobiles of the security forces and are currently surrounded by the army and police,” a security source told AFP.
Gunfire is being exchanged, he added.
Another security source confirmed four bodies had been transferred to a hospital mortuary in the North Sinai provincial capital al-Arish.
He told AFP there were fears the death toll would rise as there were reports of attacks on multiple checkpoints.
The attack came at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.