BREAKING: 15 Egyptian troops killed in desert 300 miles west of Cairo

by The Daily Lede

An attack Saturday by gunmen who opened fire on a checkpoint in the western desert governorate of Wadi el-Gedid has left 15 Egyptian soldiers dead.

Egyptian officials of the Interior Ministry and military said the gunmen used rocket propelled grenades in the attack.  Officials say three of the attackers have been killed as a result of clashes stemming from the incident.  It is also reported that five troops, including officers, were wounded.