Suicide bombings kill 11 Egyptian troops in Sinai

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File picture shows Egyptian soldiers deployed in the area of the Rafah border crossing on May 21, 2013 (AFP/File)
Twin car bomb blasts on Wednesday targeting Egypt\’s army killed at least eleven soldiers in the restive Sinai peninsula, where the military is battling Islamist militants, officials said. 
The blasts targeted a military intelligence building and an army checkpoint in the town of Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian-populated Gaza Strip.
No one has claimed responsibility, but the army blames Islamist militants.
Egypt\’s military has launched what it calls its biggest operation in years against terrorists in Sinai.
Islamist extremists took advantage of the security vacuum left when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power in 2011.
Violence has surged since the military overthrew pro-Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.
Source: Agencies
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