File - An Egyptian policeman guards the scene of an explosion at a police headquarters building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ashraf)
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Egyptian troops Friday killed a prominent militant in the restive Sinai Peninsula where Islamist fighters have increasingly targeted security forces since last year's ouster of President Mohammad Morsi.The army has poured troops into the mountainous and underdeveloped Sinai bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel, to combat growing militancy.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired group, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Egypt since the army removed Morsi last July 3 . The group emerged in 2011 in North Sinai, where the army is waging a campaign to reassert government control.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed the bombing, but the military-installed authorities blamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood for it instead.Nearly 500 people, mostly soldiers and policemen, have been killed in militant attacks since last June, the government said last month.
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