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Egyptian soldier dies in military raids against militants

July 25, 2015

CAIRO (AP) — Militants hit a tank with a rocket, killing one soldier and injuring five others south of the restive Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid on Saturday, security officials said.

Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir, the military spokesman, said they have no information on the attack.

Other security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters, said the attack took place during a raid against militants in the villages of al-Lifyat and al-Zaheer, south of Sheikh Zuweid, resulting in an exchange of fire.

The security officials said militants were also killed in the raids.

Also in Sheikh Zuweid Saturday, a sniper killed an Egyptian police conscript on the grounds of a police station, security officials said.

The officials said the conscript was standing guard in a surveillance tower at the Sheikh Zuweid police station when he was shot.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Security forces are facing a growing insurgency in North Sinai. The area’s Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly attacks.

On July 1, the military reported that a multi-checkpoint assault killed at least 17 soldiers in north Sinai. Officials from multiple branches of Egypt’s security forces previously told The Associated Press that the attack killed dozens more.

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Associated Press writer Nour Youssef contributed to this report.

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