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9 Egyptian soldiers killed, 6 others injured in armed attack in Northern Sinai

Oct. 14, 2016 4:32 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 5:12 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Nine Egyptian soldiers were killed and six others were injured on Friday in an armed attack carried out against an Egyptian military checkpoint in the northern Sinai.

Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that armed groups targeted a checkpoint near the Bir al-Abed City in northern Sinai killing nine soldiers, including an officer, and critically injuring six others.

Both the injured and deceased soldiers were taken to the al-Arish military hospital.

Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

Most recently, five Egyptian soldiers were shot dead in the northern Sinai at the beginning of the month

The Egyptian president came under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which Sisi has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel, aligned with the Islamic State group in November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.

According to recent statistics published by the Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated media outlet Ammaq, during the past three months, Sinai Province snipers killed 35 Egyptian police and army conscripts, the majority of which were carried out in Rafah, Daily News Egypt reported.

According to Daily News Egypt, the Sinai Province has been targeting civilians suspected of "collaborating" with the Egyptian army through "hijacking operations," while also executing civilians that the group accuses of espionage with the army against the ISIS-affiliated group.
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