Six people identified as ‘terrorists’ by an Egyptian military source are being held after an attack on border guards in northern Sinai over the weekend.
The area, bordering Israel and with numerous tunnels for smuggling goods and people into and out of Gaza, has become increasingly restive.
Troops from the Egyptian Army have poured into the region, and claim to have killed 20 people considered ‘terrorists’ during an offensive.
Islamist militants are suspected of carrying out the attack during which 16 border guards were killed on Sunday.
Militants in northern Sinai, who include al Qaeda sympathisers and anti-Israel hardliners, have been angered by the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak.
New head of state, Mohammed Mursi fired the regional governor and Egypt’s Intelligence Chief on Wednesday, and has vowed to restore stability in the area.