Armed men attack checkpoint in Egypt´s Sinai (REUTERS) Reporting by Shaimaa Fayed; Editing by Eric Beech CAIRO, EGYPT 08/13/12 9:31pm EDT)
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(Reuters) - A group of armed men opened fire on Monday at a
checkpoint in el-Arish city in Egypt´s Sinai peninsula, but the
attack did not cause deaths or injuries, a security source said.
A similar incident took place on Sunday when two men in a four-wheel-
drive vehicle opened fire on a police station in the city. Police
fired back but the men escaped, the source said.
The military launched an operation against militants in the area
after the killing of 16 Egyptian border guards on Aug 5.
Disorder has been spreading in North Sinai, a region awash with guns
that feels neglected by the central government since the overthrow of
President Hosni Mubarak last year in a popular uprising. Mubarak´s
government had worked closely with Israel to secure the border region.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, who took office in June, has
promised to restore stability.
On Sunday, Egyptian soldiers killed five Islamist militants after
storming their hideout near the border with Israel, security sources
and eyewitnesses said.
The troops tracked down the militants in the settlement of al-Goura,
about 15 km (nine miles) from the frontier, as they searched for
those responsible for the deaths of the 16 border guards.
Four of the militants were Egyptian and one was Palestinian, security
sources said on Monday. (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 08/13/12)
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