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Egypt: Militant Attack Kills 5 in Sinai08/01 09:36

   

   CAIRO (AP) -- Islamic Sate group militants ambushed a checkpoint in the 
restive northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing at least 
five troops from the security forces, officials said.

   At least six other troops were wounded in the attack in the town of Sheikh 
Zuweid and taken to a military hospital in the Mediterranean city of el-Arish, 
they said.

   Security personnel killed three militants in the firefight, and the area was 
reinforced, the officials added, speaking on condition of anonymity because 
they were not authorized to brief the media.

   Egypt has been battling militants in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula 
for years. Violence and instability there intensified after the 2013 military 
ouster of Mohammed Morsi, an elected but divisive Islamist president, amid 
nationwide protests against his brief rule.

   The militants carried out numerous attacks, mainly targeting security 
forces, minority Christians and those who they accuse of collaborating with the 
military and police.

   The pace of IS attacks in Sinai's main theater and elsewhere has slowed to a 
trickle since February 2018, when the military launched a massive operation in 
Sinai as well as parts of the Nile Delta and deserts along the country's 
western border with Libya.

   The fight against militants in Sinai has largely taken place hidden from the 
public eye, with journalists, non-residents and outside observers barred from 
the area. The conflict has also been kept at a distance from tourist resorts at 
the southern end of the peninsula.

 
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