CAIRO: An investigative team from the Army will be in charge of collecting information on those involved in the incident of attacking 22 border guards in Farafra Oasis in Wadi el-Gedid governorate, an anonymous military source told Youm7 Sunday evening.
Unknown militants attacked Saturday a border checkpoint near Farafra Oasis, located close to Libya and Sudan’s border, killing 22 soldiers. Egypt announced the next three days as an official mourning period.
The assignment of the investigation team was ordered by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the military chief of staff Sedky Sobhy, the source added.
The team will not reveal any details about the militants until it collects precise and accurate information, the source continued.
Another military source told al-Hayat channel that the al-Qaeda inspired militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is behind the attack, adding that the attackers were 16 members and are trained by a person called “Abu Shehab.”
The attackers seemed to be smugglers, state owned news agency MENA said, quoting security officials, and that the attackers used onslaught heavy weapons. Three of the attackers were killed.
This is the second time Farafra checkpoint was targeted by gunmen in less than three months, where five conscripts and an officer were killed and mutilated.
A state of emergency was announced in the governorate of Wadi el-Gedid after the attack and security ambushes were placed on the streets and main squares.