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Armed Attack Kills Six Soldiers in Egypt

Armed Attack Kills Six Soldiers  in Egypt  Armed Attack Kills Six Soldiers  in Egypt

Six Egyptian soldiers were killed on Friday when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula where Egypt is fighting an insurgency, an army statement said. Attacks targeting security forces have been common since Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 following mass protests against his rule, Reuters reported. “Armed terrorists attacked one of the security checkpoints in Arish city, using handbombs and firearms,” the statement said. Security searched the area and chased the gunmen, it added. Two of the gunmen were killed and one was injured during the exchange of fire that lasted about half an hour, security sources said. Four army personnel were also injured, they added. Egypt is fighting an insurgency against Islamist militants affiliated with the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group in the Sinai Peninsula where hundreds of security forces have been killed since Mursi’s ouster.

 

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