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6 Egyptian Soldiers Killed at Checkpoint

Officials in Egypt say unidentified gunmen shot and killed six soldiers at an army checkpoint outside of Cairo.

Authorities say gunmen opened fire on the soldiers early Saturday in the northern neighborhood of Shubra al-Kheima following morning prayers. Police say the attackers also planted bombs at the scene to target first responders, but that experts were able to safely defuse them.

The attack comes just days after masked gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying soldiers inside city limits, leaving one dead.

No one has claimed responsibility, but the military has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack, calling them "terrorists."

Militants have launched scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.

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