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8 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Sinai Car Bombing

Map of el-Arish, Sinai Peninsula

Eight Egyptian soldiers were killed Thursday in a car bombing at a checkpoint in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials said.

The officials said at least 12 troops were injured and that three militants also died in the attack. Egypt's military spokesman, Mohammed Samir, said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page that militants also had blown up an armored vehicle at the checkpoint near the troubled city of el-Arish.

No group has claimed responsibility.

The Egyptian military has been battling Islamist extremists in the Sinai Peninsula since the military toppled President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.