A soldier stands guard on top of a column outside Almaza military airbase, where a military funeral ceremony of security personnel killed in attacks in Sinai is being held, in Cairo, January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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Jihadis in Egypt's Sinai killed 15 soldiers and two civilians in attacks on checkpoints Thursday, security officials said, the deadliest in months despite a massive army campaign against the insurgents.Medics confirmed 15 soldiers and two civilians were killed in the attacks.It was the deadliest attack in Sinai since suicide car bombers and gunmen killed more than 30 soldiers at a military base in North Sinai's capital Al-Arish in January, prompting Egypt's president to shakeup the military command.The army has since claimed it killed more than 170 militants in airstrikes and ambushes.
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