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Eight Egyptian navy personnel missing after militant attack

Five navy personnel are in hospital following an attack by militants on a vessel in the Mediterranean, eight are still missing

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 Nov 2014
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Egyptian navy vessels patrol off the coast of the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh on February 17, 2011 (Photo: AFP)
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Eight Egyptian navy personnel are missing following an attack by militants on an armed forces boat in the Mediterranean, the army has said.

Five injured navy personnel have been transferred to hospital, while searches are ongoing to locate another eight, a military spokesman said late on Wednesday.

Military forces destroyed four boats used by the assailants and arrested 32 suspects, he added.

A military naval boat was performing a combat exercise in the Mediterranean, 40 nautical miles north of Damietta port, when a number of boats fired at it on Wednesday.

This is the first attack on naval forces.

No information has been released on the identity of the assailants.

The army has been combating a decade-long jihadist insurgency in Sinai, with attacks increasing over the past year and expanding into Cairo and the Nile Delta. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed, while the army says it has killed and arrested hundreds of jihadists. Civilians have also been caught in the violence.

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Paul Khalid
13-11-2014 02:46pm
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Thanks AO
The picture shows it all. Our armed forces should be trained for battles and hardened enough to be fit.
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Klaus77
13-11-2014 11:00am
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Navy boat attacked
I am sure that you will agree with me that there are foreign powers involved, never has any country reported that a navy vessel has been attacked at open Sea......this game of foreign interference in Egypts politics is very disturbing, which country's are having a benefit of Keeping Egypt at its bay, and don't let the egyptian government get on it's feed to allow any independence...... Mmmhhhh I certainly can think of a few countries, who are now becoming the axle of evil..... The U.S. is one of them............
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David
13-11-2014 02:12pm
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Let me think
That will be the same US that gives Egypt how many billions of dollars to stop it going down the plug hole.
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