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Egyptian Soldier Killed In Sinai In Islamist Militant Attack
2013-07-05
[AnNahar] An Egyptian soldier was killed early Friday in coordinated rocket and machinegun attacks by Islamist hard boyz on army checkpoints and a police base in the restive Sinai, medics said.

The soldier was killed when the hard boyz fired on an army checkpoint near the north Sinai village of al-Gura, medics said, adding two other soldiers were maimed in the attack.

Following president Mohammed Morsi's ouster by the military on Thursday, several hard boyz have publicly threatened violence in retaliation

Militants attacked a police base with rockets and attacked military intelligence headquarters in the border town of Rafa, security sources said.

A security source said hard boyz were attacking army and police checkpoints in several towns in north Sinai.

Hardcore Islamist hard boyz have used the sparsely populated north of the peninsula as a launching pad for attacks on security forces and neighboring Israel.

Morsi, elected in June 2012 and deposed on Wednesday after mass protests, had himself ordered a crackdown on Sinai hard boyz after an August 2012 attack killed 16 soldiers.

No group claimed credit for that attack. But Sinai based hard boyz have taken responsibility for rocket attacks and cross border attacks against Israel.
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