Monday’s attack the deadliest against Egyptian security forces since July when ISIL killed 23 troops in Rafah.
At least seven people are dead following a shoot-out in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, a military official said.
Two conscripts and five others were killed after a suicide bomber attempted to “storm” a checkpoint outside the town of Rafah, near Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip, according to Colonel Tamer el-Rifai.
No group immediately assumed responsibility for the attack, which also wounded two others.
The incident occurred just two days after a deadly ISIL (also known as ISIS) attack in the restive region claimed the lives of 18 policemen.
Monday’s attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was the deadliest against government security forces since July, when the group attacked a remote army outpost in Rafah, killing 23 soldiers.
Al Jazeera’s Middle East analyst Yehia Ghanem said the intensified violence in Sinai over the last four years has been used by the Egyptian government to escalate repression throughout the country.
“The Egyptian regime has initiated violence in the Sinai – all over the country but specifically in Sinai. It’s a rule – violence begets violence,” he said.
The Sinai Peninsula borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.