Five soldiers were killed and another seven injured Saturday when their vehicle struck a landmine in Egypt’s southeastern Red Sea governorate, according to a local medical source.
The source, who works at the Safaga Central Hospital, said the incident had occurred along the road linking the Red Sea towns of Safaga and Hurghada.
Local media quoted an unnamed security source as saying that the slain soldiers belonged to Egypt’s 166th infantry brigade.
The same source went on to point out that the incident had occurred in an area known to contain numerous landmines.
According to the source, the Safaga Central Hospital was currently treating some of the injured, while the rest had been taken to an army hospital in the nearby Hurghada governorate.
The Egyptian authorities, for their part, have yet to issue any official statements on the incident, which occurred in a region where attacks on security personnel are relatively uncommon.