An Egyptian navy ship has been attacked by gunmen in the Mediterranean Sea, according to state media. As a result, five of the sailors were hurt, eight are missing and the vessel was reported to have caught fire.
The mishap occurred some 70 km of the northern port of Damietta on Wednesday. The gunmen opened the fire from fishing boats while the warship was patrolling in the area.
According to Egyptian media, the officials called the fire a terrorist attack.
Sources reported that so far 32 of the gunmen had been captured and 4 had been shot. According to Mena news agency, in the exchange of fire that followed, three of the gunmen' boats were destroyed. It was said that air force and navy fighters had been deployed to rescue the missing crew.
Mohamed Samir, the official Spokesman for the Egyptian Military, commented the attack for Youm Sabah (Egypt’s daily):
“In addition to what has been posted regarding the terror attack … the five servicemen who were injured during the attack have been transported to military hospitals for the necessary care.”
He added that the authorities are investigating the scene and the assassinators captured were being questioned. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.