30 soldiers killed in Egypt attacks

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Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by The News Editor

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Islamic militants have killed at least 30 soldiers in simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints in northern Egypt.

Egyptian security and military officials said the attacks, which included a suicide car bombing, took place just south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid in the Sinai peninsula and targeted at least six military checkpoints.

The militants also took soldiers captive and seized several armoured vehicles.

The attacks came just two days after the assassination in Cairo of the country’s top prosecutor. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed yesterday to step up a two-year crackdown on militants.

Militants in northern Sinai have battled security forces for years but stepped up their attacks following the July 2013 downfall of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Published: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by The News Editor

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