Gunmen kill 21 Egyptian border guards

By Sarah El Deeb, July 20, 2014

CAIRO — Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt’s western desert near Libya, killing 21 troops, the military said.

The attack targeted a checkpoint in the western desert governorate of Wadi el-Gedid, on the Farafra Oasis Road, more than 310 miles from Cairo, according to a statement on the official Facebook page of Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir, a military spokesman. Farafra is the country’s western-most oasis, near the border with Libya.

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