Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wave Of Attacks Kill 50 Soldiers In Egypt

As many as 50 Egyptian soldiers have been killed in a wave of simultaneous attacks unleashed by Islamist militants, military officials say.

Security sources say 15 died when a car bomb exploded at a military post in North Sinai, one of five targeted along with a police station.
Witnesses report hearing blasts in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, with many residents fleeing their homes over fears of grenades.
Al Jazeera reported as many as 70 people were involved in the attacks.
Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the militants also took soldiers captive and seized several armoured vehicles.
A Sinai-based insurgency has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the Egyptian army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule in 2013.
The most active militant group in the region is Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Earlier this week, Egypt's top public prosecutor was assassinated in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo, raising questions about the country's ability to contain the insurgency.
El-Sissi, previously the nation's army chief, led moves to oust Mr Morsi and went to become Egypt's president, winning a landslide election a year ago.
The latest attacks came a day after Mr el-Sissi's vowed justice would be served over the prosecutor general's assassination - and possibly move to execute Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the Islamist group from which Mr Morsi hails.
The comments seemed to signal an even tougher campaign on the Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest Islamist group that is now outlawed and declared a terrorist organisation.
Since Mr Morsi was ousted a crackdown has seen thousands of arrests, mass convictions and death sentences. Mr Morsi is among those condemned to die, but has a potentially lengthy appeal process ahead of him.
In a thinly veiled reference to jailed members of the Brotherhood, Mr el-Sissi blamed the violence on those "issuing orders from behind bars," and warned: "If there is a death sentence, it will be carried out."

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