Egyptian Army Ambush Militants Who Bombed Koreans

The Egyptian Army on Wednesday ambushed the armed Muslim militant group that claimed responsibility for the bombing of a tour bus that carried Korean tourists in Sinai Peninsula on Feb. 16. The bombing attack left three Koreans and the Egyptian driver dead.

Soldiers attacked the base of the militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis 30 km north of Cairo. The base, which was disguised as a furniture factory, contained explosives, automatic guns, and armed vehicles, according to officials.

Six members of the militant group and two soldiers were killed in a gunbattle, and four militants arrested.

Since the Egyptian military ousted former President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July last year, numerous terrorist attacks on soldiers and police officers have taken place in Egypt, killing over 300.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 20, 2014 12:29 KST