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    At Least 10 Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Counterterror Raid in Sinai

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    Ten members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in a blast during a counterterrorism raid in Sinai, an armed forces spokesman said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The jihadist insurgency in northern Sinai started in 2013, shortly after the Egyptian army led by current President Abdel Fattah Sisi has overthrown then-president Mohamed Morsi. Police and security forces have been the target of deadly attacks by Islamists in the area.

    Sinai’s militants pledged allegiance to Daesh in November 2014, taking the name of Wilayat Sinai.

    Most of the attacks by the group were carried out in North Sinai, but it also claimed responsibility for attacks in other regions, including the country’s capital Cairo.

    "While chasing terrorists, two army vehicles were hit by explosive devices which led to the killing of three officers and seven members of … the armed forces. Fifteen members of the terrorist group were killed and seven others were arrested during the raid," the spokesman said in a statement on Facebook.

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