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Six soldiers dead in twin bomb attack on Egyptian military in Sinai
Military source says double suicide attack on military intelligence headquarters and army checkpoint in North Sinai town of Rafah killed six, not 11 as claimed in earlier reports
Ahram Online, MENA, Wednesday 11 Sep 2013
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The wreckage of a burnt car is seen after assaults on militant targets by the Egyptian Army, in a village on the outskirts of Sheikh Zuweid, near the city of El-Arish in Egypt's Sinai peninsula September 10, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Six soldiers were killed on Wednesday morning in a double suicide car bomb attack at a military intelligence headquarters and a nearby military checkpoint in the northern Sinai town of Rafah.

Earlier reports by state news agency MENA and Egyptian state TV said eleven people were killed, but this was later denied by a military source.

Ten solidiers and seven civilians were also wounded in the "treacherous blast targeting security forces," army spokesperson Ahmed Ali said.

After the initial blast, which shattered the main gate of the military facility and ripped through parts of its railings, unknown assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the building, state TV said.

A second suicide car bomb hit a nearby army checkpoint minutes after the first attack.

Egypt's border crossing with the Gaza Strip was shut in the immediate aftermath of the attack as the armed forces combed the area for suspects, MENA reported.

The Rafah crossing is the only gateway into the impoverished Palestinian enclave which is blockaded by Israel.

Egypt's military has launched a broad offensive against Islamist militants after an uptick in violence following the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. The army has so far killed around 100 militants.

The attacks come just days after an Al-Qaeda-inspired group in the peninsula claimed responsibility for a Cairo bombing that targeted the interior minister.

Rafah adjoins Israel and the Gaza Strip.





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Zaynab
12-09-2013 06:53am
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Another suicider went to hell...enjoy brother!
MB supporters think this mess started as result of the popular coup. Morsi was president when 16 soldiers were killed in Sinai 2012. Why?? Because Morsi was coup leader too?? This shows ISLAMIST DON'T DESERVE FREEDOM! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FREE JIHADISTS.
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Hasan Abu Ali
11-09-2013 09:00pm
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A failed state?
Tourists are fleeing Egypt....Intellectuals are fleeing Egypt and investors are fleeing Egypt. All Saudi and Emirati money won't helpe Egypt if Egypt becomes a failed state....And Egypt is becoming a failed state.
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john
11-09-2013 05:26pm
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this is the result of coup.. Egypt slow slow be coming like pakistan and sumalia .what public dicited what army doing? elected president in jail for no reson and dectitor is out .Egypt army dont want to listen public opinion .going one way this is a dangerious for Egypt
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Democracia-2
11-09-2013 04:24pm
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Egypt has to choose: either democracy or gradual demise
Whoever thought the military coup against democracy would pass without a price is now proven mistaken. Egypt has a stark choice between reverting to democracy or succumbing to terror and violence. The Islamists are simply too many to supress. Their grievances are too legitimate to dismiss.
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