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8 Egyptian sailors missing after port attack, says Army

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said that four assault boats were destroyed and that 32 attackers were arrested.

By: Associated Press | Cairo |
November 13, 2014 11:08:47 am
In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in front of the state-run TV ahead of a military funeral for troops killed in an assault in the Sinai Peninsula, as he stands with army commanders in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. El-Sissi said the deadly assault on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai that killed at least 30 troops was a "foreign-funded operation." No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. (Source: AP) In this photo provided by Egypt’s state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks in front of the state-run TV ahead of a military funeral for troops killed in an assault in the Sinai Peninsula, as he stands with army commanders in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. El-Sissi said the deadly assault on an army checkpoint in northern Sinai that killed at least 30 troops was a “foreign-funded operation.” No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. (Source: AP)

An Egyptian army spokesman says eight sailors are missing after an assault by “terrorist elements” on a navy patrol boat off one of the country’s Mediterranean ports.

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said in a statement on his official Facebook page early on Thursday that four assault boats were destroyed and that 32 attackers were arrested.

Five troops were also wounded in the attack.

Earlier, the official MENA news agency said gunmen from three boats fired at the naval patrol Wednesday north of the port of Damietta, prompting an exchange of fire.

No further details were available.

Human smuggling is common in the Mediterranean. Egyptian troops have increasingly come under attack from militants since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year, though attacks at sea are extremely rare.

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