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Roadside Bombs Hit Police Convoy in Egypt's Sinai, Kill 2


FILE - Egyptian Army vehicles are seen in the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula during a launch of a major assault against militants, in al- Arish, Egypt, in this undated handout picture made available by the Ministry of Defense, March 4, 2018.

Egyptian security officials say two roadside bombs have hit a police convoy in northern Sinai, killing two conscripts.

The officials say Monday's attack just west of the border town of Rafah also wounded six conscripts. The bombs struck two armored vehicles that were part of a convoy on a search-and-destroy mission in the area.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Egypt has for years battled Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula. An all-out campaign by tens of thousands of troops and police against the militants began early this year, hitting hideouts, arms and ammunition depots and detaining scores of jihadis.

The campaign has also nearly halted high-profile attacks.

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