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Roadside Bomb Kills 7 in Egypt         10/19 10:13

   EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- A roadside bomb in Egypt's restive northern Sinai 
province hit an army vehicle on Sunday, killing 7 troops including two officers 
and seriously wounding six others, officials said.

   The explosion ripped through the armored vehicle traveling south of 
el-Arish, the provincial capital, as it headed to a natural gas pumping station 
to comb it for suspected militant activities, the officials said.

   The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not 
authorized to brief reporters.

   The northern part of the Sinai Peninsula has been a haven for Islamic 
militants, who have waged regular attacks against troops and security forces.

   The attacks have increased and spread beyond Sinai in the wake of the 
military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year after mass 
demonstrations demanding his resignation. A subsequent clampdown on Morsi's 
supporters intensified the wave of retaliatory attacks.

   Most of the major attacks were carried out by an al-Qaida-inspired group 
called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem, which is based in 
northern Sinai where the Egyptian army has carried out a yearlong offensive.


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