Egypt militants kill several soldiers in Sinai

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Bystanders, firefighters and workers stand by the Giza governorate headquarters after it was, according to Egyptian State TV, torched by Islamists on August 15, 2013. Picture:

CAIRO - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Thursday killed seven soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint, security officials said.
 
The soldiers were killed when gunmen in two cars attacked them in their tents at a checkpoint near a police station in the northern town of El-Arish, the officials said.
 
The northern part of the peninsula has seen a semi-insurgency by Bedouin militants since the July 3 military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
 
The shootings came as Egyptian police said they would use live ammunition to repel attacks.  
 
*This article has been updated to reflect the higher death toll. 
-AFP

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