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AFP

Two Egyptian soldiers killed in
Sinai, security officals say

Gunmen killed two Egyptian soldiers in the restive Sinai on Wednesday, security officials said, as the military chief called for mass rallies to back a crackdown on "terrorism and violence".

 

One soldier died of a bullet wound to the chest after gunmen fired at a checkpoint near the north Sinai town of EL-Arish, the officials said.

 

Another soldier was shot dead several hours later in an attack on a water truck belonging to the army in El-Arish.

 

Militants have conducted daily attacks on security forces in Sinai since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

 

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday called for demonstrations in support of a crackdown on "terrorism and violence", in comments quickly branded by a senior Islamist as a "threat".

The soldier died of a bullet wound to the chest after the gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint near the north Sinai town of EL-Arish, the officials said.