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Bomb Kills 2 Egyptian Soldiers in Sinai

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A roadside bomb killed two Egyptian soldiers and wounded six others Tuesday as they were patrolling near in the restive Sinai peninsula, medical and security sources said.

A military official said the explosion took place near the village of al-Kharouba, near the border with the Gaza Strip, as army forces were searching the area for Islamic militants.

Deadly attacks mostly targeting security forces have been concentrated in North Sinai, the epicenter of an Islamist insurgency seeking to topple the Cairo government, though blasts have occurred across the country in the past two years.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, militants based in North Sinai have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Sinai is home to Egypt's most dangerous Islamist group, Sinai Province. Formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the organization has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, the ultra-hardline Sunni group which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria.

The attack Tuesday is the latest in a string of incidents. There were two deadly bombings earlier this month. One was a suicide attack on a police base, which killed a civilian and an army officer and wounded two civilians and 30 police officers. A day earlier, a roadside bomb killed three soldiers in the peninsula.

Some material for this report came from Reuters, AP and AFP.

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