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Bomb kills at least five soldiers in Northern Sinai

North Africa | 2017-02-17 19:30:58
Bomb kills at least five soldiers in Northern Sinai
At least five soldiers were killed and two injured Friday by a roadside bomb in Egypt's restive Northern Sinai where the government faces an ISIS-led insurgency, medics and security sources said.

The explosive device went off when an armored vehicle passed by killing and injuring the soldiers, the sources said.

The most populous Arab country is battling an insurgency that gained pace after its military overthrew President Mohammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest Islamist movement, following mass protests against his rule in mid-2013.

The insurgency, mounted by ISIS's Egyptian branch in the Sinai peninsula, has killed hundreds of soldiers and police and started to attack Western targets within the country.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the former military chief who led Morsi's ouster, describes Islamist militancy as an existential threat to Egypt, an ally of the United States. ISIS controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and has a presence in Libya, which borders on Egypt.

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