Egyptian soldiers killed in rocket attack
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Egyptian soldiers killed in rocket attack

Seven troops die in highway ambush in Sinai Peninsula

News Service AA

Seven soldiers, including two colonels, were killed Thursday in an attack in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a security official said.

A military vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade as it travelled on a highway linking the cities of Al-Arish and Al-Abd, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

Col. Ahmed al-Kafravi and Col. Muhammad al-Bashir were among the fatalies.

The Sinai Peninsula has been the epicenter of a militant insurgency since mid-2013, when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt’s first freely elected president -- in a bloody military coup.

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