Four Islamist militants killed in Egypt near Israel: Sources
CAIRO (REUTERS) - Four Islamist militants were killed by a missile strike in Egypt's North Sinai region on Friday as they prepared to launch rockets at Israel, Egyptian security sources said.
Five security sources told Reuters the attack was carried out by Israel. But the Egyptian armed forces officially denied that was the case and an Israeli army spokesman in Jerusalem declined to comment on the incident.
The two countries have cooperated in tackling the threat from Islamist militants in Sinai in the past and this case appeared unlikely to provoke a diplomatic row.
The Egyptian military said two explosions took place at a site 3km west of the border and south of the city of Rafah on Friday afternoon. Soldiers and specialist teams were searching the area to find out more, army spokesman Ahmed Ali said in a statement.