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Egyptian security thwarted a terrorist attack in Sinai. (Reuters)

The Egyptian army thwarted on Wednesday a terrorist attack against a security position in northern Sinai.

A military spokesman said that two soldiers and five “takfiri” elements were killed in the failed assault. Two others were wounded.

Tamer al-Rifai said in a Facebook statement that the security forces stopped the terrorist operation at 6:30 am.

He explained that the terrorists sought to take advantage of the poor visibility at that early hour in order to attack the security position.

One of the attackers was wearing an explosives belt and attempted to storm the security post.

“Thanks to the security members’ vigilance, the terrorist was killed and the rest of his colleagues were dealt with directly,” added Rifai.

Five were killed and two wounded, while the rest fled the scene. Security forces were in their pursuit.

“The armed forces will go ahead with their efforts and sacrifices to eliminate terrorism and restore stability and security for the great Egyptian people,” declared the spokesman.

On Monday, at least 18 Egyptian police officers were killed in northern Sinai in an attack claimed by the ISIS terrorist group.