Smugglers have killed six Egyptian army border guards, including an officer, in a gunbattle in the remote southwest, security officials said on Sunday.

They said the battle late Saturday took place in the Wadi el-Gadid province, which borders Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. They said the clash followed a desert chase, but gave no details.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information. […]