– 17 EGYPTIAN KILLED IN SINAI RAMPAGE
Fifteen soldiers were killed in five simultaneous attacks, on Thursday 04/02/2015,targeting security checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai, where the army is battling the local branch of I.S.I.S, police said. The attack is very similar to a previous attack on 03/05/2015 – 4 weeks ago.
Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were killed in the attacks, while 15 militants died in subsequent gun battles, the officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but militants who support ISIS, the ultra-hardline group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, have carried out similar operations in Sinai.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has spearheaded an Arab initiative to create a joint military force to confront regional security challenges, says militants based next door in chaos-ridden Libya also pose a threat to Egypt.
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