Six Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai attack

Six soldiers killed in North Sinai attack Egypt army

Suspected Islamic State militants on Sunday attacked six checkpoints in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing four soldiers and wounding 25, according to security and hospital officials.

Egyptian Army spokesperson Tamer El-Refaei said that the Islamic State group used two 4x4 vehicles to enter the area and detonate auto bombs, rocket propelled grenades and "light weapons" to carry out the attack against Egypt's military outpost. The militants also clashed with the security forces using light weapons, the sources added.

Most of the attacks were claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State radical militia.

Hours later, air raid sirens went off in a part of southern Israel and the Israeli military said two rockets were fired from Sinai at Israel. About 20 Egyptian security forces were also injured. The forces are now combing the area of the incident and chasing the attackers.

Egypt has seen a series of deadly attacks, mainly targeting security forces and the country's Christian minority, since the army's overthrow in 2013 of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi following mass protests against his rule.

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