Cairo, July 8 (BNA): -- Arab Leagues Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit has strongly condemned the terror attack in Rafah city in North Sinai, Egypt, which killed and wounded a number of Egyptian military officers and soldiers on Friday.
Abul Gheit affirmed, in a statement, his full solidarity with the Egyptian government and armed forces in their "fierce" battle against terrorist and radical groups that target the country's security and stability, adding that these groups have committed "gruesome" crimes against innocent civilians, police, and military personnel.
He also expressed his confidence in the Egyptian people's ability to withstand and repel such terror attacks, noting that the incidents will only boost unity and consolidation among Egyptians in facing and countering terrorism, and protecting their country.
The Arab league chief also offered his condolences to the Egyptian leadership, government, and people, praying to Allah Almighty to bestow His mercy upon the deceased and bless their families with patience and solace.
Around 26 Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded, and at least 40 militants were exterminated, as the forces repelled a "terrorist" attack that targeted security checkpoints south of Rafah in North Sinai Governorate, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
The law-enforcement forces in North Sinai thwarted a terrorist attack by a group of militants, killing 40 of them and destroying six vehicles, Egyptian defense ministry stated earlier.
It added that a bombing car targeted one checkpoint and killed and injured 26 soldiers.