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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-07

Gunmen killed five Egyptian soldiers in an attack on an army patrol near the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Monday, security officials said, as a massive explosion killed at least two others in the southern Sinai town of al Tour.

Gunmen killed five Egyptian soldiers in an attack targeting an army patrol near the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Monday, security officials said, as a massive explosion killed at least two at the security headquarters in the southern Sinai town of al Tour.

The drive-by shooting in Sinai took place north of the city, where suspected militants have repeatedly targeted security forces in recent weeks, officials said.

The blast in al Tour, possibly from a car bomb, significantly damaged the four-storey building and set off several small fires, officials said, adding that the death toll was likely to rise as rescue workers and residents search for victims under the rubble.

Islamic militants, some with al Qaeda links, have been targeting Egyptian security forces daily in northern Sinai in what has increasingly become a fully-fledged insurgency.

But the southern part of the strategic peninsula, which includes the popular diving resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, has generally remained peaceful.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-10-07

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