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A) 100 killed in ISIS attacks on Egyptian checkpoints in Sinai
B)Scores Killed as Militants Attack Egyptian Troops in Sinai
At least 100 Egyptians, including soldiers, were killed after an Islamic State affiliate launched simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said. It comes two days after Egypt's top prosecutor was assassinated.
The identities of those killed were not immediately clear, Reuters reported. Sources earlier said there were soldiers among the dead. The army also said that troops have been killed.
The assaults took place just south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, officials told AP. Two of the checkpoints were completely destroyed.
The militants took soldiers captive and seized weapons and several armored vehicles, the officials added, stating that the attackers used mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
Egypt’s armed forces say at least 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed, Reuters reports. One security source cited by the agency said about 300 militants took part in the attack.
Meanwhile, Egypt's military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir, put the number of killed soldiers at 10. Samir's statement, posted on his official Facebook page, said that about 70 militants attacked five checkpoints in northern Sinai, and that Egyptian troops killed 22 of them. He said soldiers destroyed three all-terrain vehicles fitted with anti-aircraft guns.
Al Jazeera reported that at least 35 were killed, citing security sources and witnesses.
Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attacks, according to a statement on Twitter. The group said it attacked more than 15 security sites, and carried out three suicide blasts.
Militants in northern Sinai have battled security forces for years, but intensified their attacks following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.
The attacks come just two days after a car bomb killed Egypt's top prosecutor in Cairo. Hisham Barakat was assassinated in the capital's upscale Heliopolis neighborhood shortly after leaving his house.
The blast also injured two of Barakat's guards and five other people, ripping through two vehicles and shattering windows in several high-rise buildings.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pledged to seek justice for Barakat's assasination.
"The judiciary is restricted by laws, and swift justice is also restricted by laws. We will not wait for that," Sisi said. Action will be taken within days "to enable us to execute the law, and bring justice as soon as possible," he added.
The Egyptian president blamed the violence on those “issuing orders from behind bars,” referring to jailed members of the Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt's oldest Islamist group, which has been outlawed and declared a terrorist organization.
“If there is a death sentence [for those imprisoned], it will be carried out,” Sisi added.
B)Scores Killed as Militants Attack Egyptian Troops in Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt — Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers.
The restive territory's deadliest fighting in decades followed the assassination of Egypt's chief prosecutor and a vow by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step up the legal battle against Islamic militants.
Later Wednesday, a special forces team raided a Cairo apartment and killed nine fugitive members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliament, security officials said.
The Brotherhood responded by calling for a rebellion against el-Sissi, saying the nine were "murdered in cold blood."
Authorities and pro-government media have blamed Egypt's recent violence on the Brotherhood, which has been branded a terrorist group, as well as other supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The Brotherhood denies involvement.
The new bloodshed also came as Egypt was marking the second anniversary of the events that led to the July 3, 2013, military-led overthrow of Morsi, although the celebrations were muted by Monday's killing of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat and fears of unrest by the former president's supporters.
Militants in northern Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip, stepped up their attacks following Morsi's fall. Last year, the main insurgent organization operating in Sinai pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, calling itself Sinai Province.
The coordinated Sinai assault focused on the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, security officials said. The militants also took soldiers captive and seized weapons and several armored vehicles, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity because regulations did not authorize briefing the media.
Scores of militants besieged Sheikh Zuweid's main police station, shelling it with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades and exchanging fire with dozens of police inside in an attack that lasted most of the day, the officials added.
As fighting raged, an Apache helicopter gunship destroyed one of the armored carriers captured by the militants, they added. Warplanes also roared through the skies.
The officials gave a death toll of 64 soldiers, 90 militants and four civilians. It was the biggest battle in the Sinai since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. At least 55 soldiers were wounded, they said.
Other security officials put the number of soldiers killed at more than 50, but did not give a precise figure.
In a statement on state television, the military said 17 soldiers had died, with 13 wounded, while at least 100 "terrorist supporters" had been killed.
The conflicting totals could not immediately be reconciled, and discrepancies are common following such attacks.
Military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said that the country's armed forces targeted and destroyed two militant gatherings in northern Sinai.
The territory, characterized by hardscrabble towns, desert and mountainous areas suitable for guerrilla operations, has long been neglected by the government. Local Bedouin tribesmen have grown to resent Cairo, turning to smuggling, organized crime and, in some cases, radical Islam.
The sustained attack — the first of its kind — suggested the militants have ambitions to seize an entire city.
The Islamic State affiliate that calls itself Sinai Province claimed its fighters targeted 15 army and police positions and staged three suicide bombings, two that targeted checkpoints and one that hit an officers' club in the nearby city of el-Arish. The authenticity of the claim could not be immediately verified but it was posted on a Facebook page associated with the group.
Army checkpoints in the area are routinely staffed by 50-60 soldiers.
An Associated Press reporter heard two explosions from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza and saw smoke rising, though it was not immediately clear what caused the blasts or if they were linked to the militant assault some 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.
Last week, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani issued an audio statement calling for massive attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, now entering its third week.
The United States condemned the assault as a terrorist attack, with White House spokesman Ned Price saying that the U.S. "stands resolutely" with Egypt and will continue to work with Cairo to address threats to its security.
The planning and coordinated execution of the Sinai attack shows the insurgency in the area is growing stronger, especially since Morsi's ouster and the crackdown on Islamic militants. They have been battling Egyptian security forces in the northern Sinai for more than a decade, despite military reinforcements, strict curfews and the destruction of homes and tunnels along the border with Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The insurgency also poses a serious threat to Egypt's security as the military-backed government struggles to restore stability after years of unrest since the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.
"This specific attack is by far the worst we've ever seen," said Daniel Nisman, CEO for the Levantine Group risk consultancy. "It's not a hit-and-run — this is what they used in places like Syria and Iraq to actually capture and hold territory."
Nisman said the attack revealed the weaknesses of the military's "scorched earth" operations in the northern Sinai, which he says have made it difficult for an army that is "very, very overstretched" from multiple missions and struggles to recruit support among the local population.
In the Cairo raid, the Interior Ministry said that the nine Brotherhood members who were killed had been plotting attacks on the police, the judiciary and the media.
Three special forces members were wounded in the operation, the ministry said in a statement.
In addition to weapons, investigators found 43,000 Egyptian pounds ($5,630), along with documents and memory cards, and the information seized would be used in the investigation into Monday's killing of Barakat, the prosecutor general.
State TV showed images of the apartment after the raid, with bloodied bodies on the floor with several Kalashnikov assault rifles near their hands.
One of the dead was Nasr al-Hafi, a former deputy in the lower house of parliament for the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, while the other was a Brotherhood leader, Abdel-Fattah Mohamed Ibrahim.
The Brotherhood said the men were innocents who supported families of slain and arrested members, calling el-Sissi a "butcher."
"Come out in rebellion and in defense of your country, yourselves and your children," it said in a statement issued in English. It called the killings "a turning point that will have its own repercussions," adding that "it will not be possible to control the anger of the oppressed."
At Barakat's funeral, el-Sissi had pledged to bring his killers to justice. He signaled an even tougher campaign against the Brotherhood.
Since Morsi's ouster, Egypt has arrested thousands of Islamists and other dissidents, convicting hundreds in collective trials and issuing mass death sentences, with Barakat overseeing the prosecution of many of the cases. Morsi is among those condemned to die, but an appeals process remains ahead of him.
Rohan reported from Cairo. Associated Press writers Hamza Hendawi in Beirut, Merrit Kennedy in Cairo, and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem contributed to this report.