An Egyptian soldier was
shot dead in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday while the army was
conducting a raid to arrest al Qaeda-linked militants, security
The soldier, a conscript, died when a gunbattle broke out
between the army and members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, meaning
"Supporters of Jerusalem", during the operation in an area south
of Rafah, in North Sinai.
Attacks on soldiers and policemen in the Sinai
and the Palestinian Gaza Strip
, have become
commonplace since the Egyptian army
Mohamed Morsi in July in the face of mass unrest over his rule.
Two of the group's fighters were arrested in the raid, the
sources said. Eight other soldiers, including an officer, were
wounded in the fighting.
The group claimed responsibility for a September suicide
bomb attack in Cairo
targeting the interior minister. He
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