The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Friday condemned the
terrorist attack at a checkpoint in Rafah, Egypt, which killed at least
10 Egyptian soldiers and injured more, China's Xinhua news agency
The members of the Security Council condemned "in the strongest terms
the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack" that took place earlier in
the day, according to a statement by the UN body.
"They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families
of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and they wished a speedy
and full recovery to those who were injured," the statement said.
They reaffirmed that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and
They also urged all members of the international community to cooperate
actively with Egypt and all other relevant authorities to track down
the perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of terrorist acts.
Earlier, an Egyptian security source told Xinhua that at least 10
Egyptian soldiers were killed and twenty others injured in two car
explosions and a later shooting at an army checkpoint in North Sinai's
city of Rafah.
The country's military spokesman said Friday that some 40 militants
have been killed, and six vehicles used by the terrorists have been
destroyed following the attack at the Rafah checkpoint.