CAIRO, 6th January, 2017 (WAM) — The Egyptian army has foiled a plot by militants to attack a number of security checkpoints on Friday morning, state news agency MENA reported.

The army said in a statement that the third field army pushed back an attack by gunmen on a checkpoint, killing nine militants and injuring 16 others.

The Egyptian army and police have been battling an entrenched Islamist insurgency for several years in North Sinai.