The Egyptian army
two soldiers were killed in the Sinai
Peninsula on Friday while
they carried out a raid that also left three Al-Qaida-linked
The army had launched the morning operation after receiving
information that a wanted militant was hiding out in an area
west of Rafah, in North Sinai.
The two soldiers, both conscripts, died when a gunbattle
broke out after the troops came under fire, the army said in a
statement. It said the operation was continuing and armed
helicopters had been deployed.
Security sources said the militants involved in the
gunbattle were members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which means
"Supporters of Jerusalem".
The group claimed responsibility for a September suicide
bomb attack in Cairo on the interior minister. He survived
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