Egypt: Four Gunmen Killed After Boat Attack on Navy

Fishing boat opened fire on Egyptian naval launch 18 km north of Damietta port; authorities say four militant boats and 32 individuals were captured.

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Two Egyptian navy amphibious landing craft pictured in 2009.
Two Egyptian navy amphibious landing craft pictured in 2009.Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Gunmen in a fishing boat opened fire on an Egyptian naval launch which shot back, killing at least four of the attackers on Wednesday, security sources and state media said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in the Mediterranean north of the port of Damietta, near the Suez Canal. The military has faced attacks from Islamist militants based in the Sinai Peninsula further east, and smugglers also operate in the area.

An Egyptian army spokesman says eight sailors are still missing.

The military said in an earlier statement it had destroyed four of the militants' boats and captured 32 individuals in what it termed a "terrorist incident." The statement said five navy forces were wounded and eight others were still unaccounted for.
State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported soldiers were wounded and a number of the gunmen had been arrested.

Two militant attacks in the Sinai Peninsula last month killed 33 security personnel, prompting the army to declare a three-month state of emergency in the surrounding areas and clear a security barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip.

Militant attacks have increased since July 2013 when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led an army ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following protests against his rule.

Security sources told Reuters the fire fight happened about 18 km (11 miles) north of the port of Damietta, 50 km west of the Suez Canal city of Port Said where dozens of commercial vessels pass each day.

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