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Five militants, two soldiers, killed in Egypt's Sinai

Five militants, two soldiers, killed in Egypt's Sinaiā€

Two Egyptian soldiers were killed Wednesday when unidentified attackers targeted a checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula, according to local security sources.

The forces killed five and injured two of the insurgents though other fled the scene and are still being searched for.

Security officials said the attack took place just outside the border town of Rafah and that the two conscripts died when the suicide bomber blew himself up.

Terror attacks in Egypt used to focus on police and military personnel in North Sinai, before spreading nationwide and targeting the Coptic minority, with majority claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since and in recent months the attacks extended to Coptic Christians, who make up 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million population.

The latest attack in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula claims the lives of seven, following Monday's attack which killed 18.

Egypt has battled fighters in Sinai for years, but the rebellion became far more deadly after the 2013 military removal of Mohamed Morsi.

The ministry said the suspected militant was killed in a shootout after security forces found his hideout in Alexandria, on the Mediterranean coast.



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