At least 21 soldiers killed in truck accident in Egypt's Sinai


The Egyptian military is finding itself outgunned and outmanned against militants in Sinai, near the border with Israel. Here, an Egyptian soldier in Cairo.


Mahmud Hams

Egyptian officials said a truck accident in the Sinai Peninsula early this morning has killed at least 21 soldiers, reported BBC News, citing Egyptian state media. 

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At least 20 other security force officers were reported injured. Health Ministry official Tarek Khater told the Associated Press the vehicle's driver was speeding on a badly-maintained road when he lost control. The truck overturned in eastern Sinai, according to a report by Egypt's Middle East News Agency cited by Ahram Online

The accident did not take place near the Sinai area where the Egyptian military has launched an operation against militant activity, said AP

Road conditions throughout Egypt are often poor. AP cited police data estimating that the conditions are responsible for killing some 6,000 people every year.