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Two conscripts and five militants killed in Egypt clash

Two conscripts and five militants have been killed in a shootout at a military checkpoint in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula.

The shootout, which also wounded two militants, took place early on Wednesday morning after a militant wearing a belt of explosives attempted to storm the checkpoint, military spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Rifai said.

Security officials said the attack took place just outside the border town of Rafah and that the two conscripts died when a suicide bomber blew himself up.

Egypt has for years been battling militants in northern Sinai, who are now led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.


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