Smoke rises in Egypt's North Sinai along the border with southern Israel, July 1, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Dozens of ISIS-affiliated militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said.The assault came a day after Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi pledged to step up the battle against militants and two days after the chief prosecutor was assassinated in Cairo.The ISIS affiliate "Sinai Province" claimed Wednesday's attacks, saying its fighters targeted 15 army and police positions and staged three suicide bombings, two that targeted checkpoints and one that hit an officers' club.The assault focused on the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, the officials said.least 55 soldiers were wounded, the officials said.Gen. Mohammad Samir said some 70 militants had attacked five checkpoints in northern Sinai.Army checkpoints in the area are routinely staffed by 50-60 soldiers.
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