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Egypt Military Kills 7 Militants       07/29 06:15

   CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian troops killed seven suspected militants and arrested 
five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula where the 
military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, 
an army spokesman said.

   According to a statement posted on Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir's official 
Facebook page late Monday, the troops killed three militants in an exchange of 
fire while four others died when a group tried to attack a house of in the 
border town of Rafah.

   Five militants were arrested and five were wounded, the posting said but it 
was unclear if the five were the same people in both cases.

   Militant attacks in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt have escalated since the 
military's ouster last July of the country's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi 
and its subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

   Militant attacks have also at times spread from Sinai, with dramatic 
bombings in several Nile Delta cities and Egypt's capital, Cairo, largely 
targeting the military and the police. Authorities accuse Morsi and the 
Brotherhood, which they have branded a terrorist organization, of helping 
militants find new ground in northern Sinai, a claim they deny.

   An al-Qaida-inspired group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility 
for most of the attacks in Sinai and across Egypt targeting mainly the police, 
military and top officials, including the country's current interior minister.


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