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Egyptian soldier killed in Sinai bombing

The wreckage of a tour bus that was targeted by a suicide bombing on February 16 is seen in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba February 18, 2014. (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)

CAIRO: An Egyptian soldier was killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb targeted an armoured vehicle in the restive Sinai Peninsula, medical and security officials said.

Four soldiers were also wounded in the attack near the north Sinai capital of El-Arish, the officials said.

Security forces are struggling to quell an Islamist insurgency that has killed scores of soldiers and policemen in the peninsula bordering Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

The attacks surged after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, and the militants extended their reach to the Egyptian mainland with a series of bombings.

 

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