Egyptian soldier shot dead in Sinai, near Gaza border

ISMAILIA, Egypt - An Egyptian soldier was shot dead in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, security officials said, and militants released a video showing attacks against the army in the region where the state is trying to stamp out al-Qaida-linked fighters.
The soldier, a conscript, was shot while standing guard by a government building the town of Sheikh Zuweid, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the sources said. He was hit in the stomach.
Militant Islamists have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai since the army deposed President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3. The army spokesman said on Sept. 15 that more than 100 members of the security forces had been killed in Sinai since Morsi's downfall.
The militants expanded into a security vacuum left by the 2011 downfall of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Since Morsi was ousted, they have mounted almost daily attacks.
One of the groups, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, posted a video on a jihadist website showing what appeared to be a roadside bomb attack on one armored vehicle in Sinai. In a second attack caught on camera, a parked armored vehicle was engulfed by an explosion after a man is seen placing something beneath it.
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