20 July 2014

Egypt: Govt Announces Three Days of Mourning for Killed Soldiers

Cairo — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-day period of mourning for the 21 soldiers killed on Saturday in the New Valley, a presidential statement said.

"The mourning period starts on Sunday in all of Egypt for the martyrs of the nations," the statement added.

Smugglers killed 21 soldiers in an attack on a military checkpoint in New Valley's Farafra Oasis on Saturday evening, according to an Armed Forces statement.

The statement described the attack, which occurred near the Egyptian-Libyan borders, as "terrorist".

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