Egyptian soldier killed in Islamist militant attack: Medics
CAIRO - Agence France-Presse
An army soldier asks a supporter of overthrown President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood to take his protest to the sidewalk as they stand guard around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo July 4, 2013. REUTERS PhotoAn Egyptian soldier was killed early July 5 in coordinated rocket and machinegun attacks by Islamist militants on army checkpoints and a police base in the restive Sinai, medics said.
The soldier was killed when the militants fired on an army checkpoint near the north Sinai village of al-Gura, medics said, adding two other soldiers were wounded in the attack.
Following President Mohamed Morsi's ouster by the military on July 3, several militants have publicly threatened violence in retaliation Militants attacked a police base with rockets and attacked military intelligence headquarters in the border town of Rafa, security sources said.
A security source said militants were attacking army and police checkpoints in several towns in north Sinai. Radical Islamist militants have used the sparsely populated north of the peninsula as a launching pad for attacks on security forces and neighbouring Israel.
Morsi, elected in June 2012 and deposed on July 3 after mass protests, had himself ordered a crackdown on Sinai militants after an August 2012 attack killed 16 soldiers.
No group claimed credit for that attack. But Sinai based militants have taken responsibility for rocket attacks and cross border attacks against Israel.