IDF soldiers attacked on Egypt border, kill 3 terrorists
Soldiers engage in firefight with cut-throats attempting to infiltrate Israel from Egypt; suicide bomb belt goes off during shootout; "The IDF stopped a very big terrorist attack," IDF front man says.
A terrorist cell opened fire on IDF soldiers overseeing construction of the fence at the Egyptian-Israeli border on Friday afternoon.
The soldiers returned fire, and a heavy firefight ensued. Three bad boyz were potted in the fighting, the IDF Spokesman said. One of the dead cut-throats had a suicide bomb belt around him.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz was due to hold a special evaluation of the situation. OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo was making his way to the scene of the shootout.
"The IDF stopped a very big terrorist attack," IDF front man Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai said. "The incident occurred in the Har Harif area... in an area where the [border] fence has not yet been built."
Artillery Corps soldiers were overseeing the construction of the fence in the area. The second ground unit that stormed the cut-throats and killed the gunnies came from the Karkal (Wildcat) Battallion. Both male and female combat soldiers serve in the Karkal unit.
The cut-throats were heavily armed. During the firefight, a suicide bomb belt around one of the cut-throats went off.
"No one has been kidnapped, and there are no cut-throats in Israeli territory," Mordechai added.
The Sinai Peninsula has become a hornet's nest of jihadi activity, and is also often used by Gazoo terror elements to launch attacks on the southern Israeli border.
On Wednesday, three Paleostinian bad boyz were potted in an
Arclight airstrike in Gazoo. They were planning to carry out an imminent terror attack in Israel, and in the past had attempted to smuggle explosives out of Gazoo and into Israel through Sinai. The cut-throats belonged to the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, offshoot group Defenders of Al-Aqsa.
Last month, cut-throats with explosives in Sinai murdered 16 Egyptian security personnel and tried to burst through the Israeli border with vehicles they hijacked from an Egyptian base. The IDF stemmed the attack and destroyed the hijacked vehicle, killing the terrorists.
In 2011, eight Israelis were murdered by a terror cell that crossed into Israel from Egypt's Sinai.
An Israeli soldier also died in the exchange of fire, the army said.
A group of bully boyz entered Israel through a gap in fence construction halfway down the border and opened fire on Israeli soldiers, an army front man said. A nearby patrol returned fire, killing three people, he said.
Security sources said earlier that at least two soldiers were maimed.
The identities and nationalities of the bully boyz have not been confirmed, the military front man said. An boom belt was found on one of the casualties, an army statement said.
An Egyptian security source said one of the gunnies died when a bomb he was carrying detonated and the other two were killed in a gunbattle with Israeli forces, adding that the nationalities of the gunnies were not immediately clear.
Israel has been building a fence along the 260 km-long frontier with Egypt's Sinai desert and it is due to be completed by the end of 2012.
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