Cairo: A woman and her four children were killed on Friday when a missile reportedly fired by Islamist militants fell on their house in Egypt's restive North Sinai province.
Security sources said the missile was reportedly fired by Islamist militants who wanted to target a security checkpoint in Shiekh Zwied city, but it missed its target and fell on the house.
The four children killed in the incident were between six to 16 years of age.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Egypt's North Sinai has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator and ex-president Hosni Mubarak.
The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.
Many security personnel have been reported killed since then.
The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.