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Islamic State claims Sinai attack that killed 5 Egyptian troops

CAIRO — An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt on Saturday claims responsibility for an attack that killed at least five troops in the restive part of the Sinai Peninsula.

The extremist group announces its claim of Wednesday’s attack in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency. The authenticity of the statement cannot be verified but it was released on Telegram, as similar claims have been in the past.

The attack involved a militant ambush against a border guard checkpoint west of the Mediterranean city of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip.

The military said at least five troops, including an officer, were killed in the attack. At least seven militants were also killed, it said.

It was the second jihadist attack in less than a week.

Last Saturday, at least 11 troops were killed, in one of the deadliest

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