Two conscripts and five militants killed in Egypt clash
Two conscripts and five militants have been killed in a shootout at a military checkpoint in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula.
The shootout, which also wounded two militants, took place early on Wednesday morning after a militant wearing a belt of explosives attempted to storm the checkpoint, military spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Rifai said.
Security officials said the attack took place just outside the border town of Rafah and that the two conscripts died when a suicide bomber blew himself up.
Egypt has for years been battling militants in northern Sinai, who are now led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.