Middle East

Gunmen kill Egyptian soldier in Sinai

Egyptian security forces stand on their armoured vehicles in the northern Sinai peninsula, on August 8, 2012. Gunmen have killed an Egyptian soldier in the restive Sinai, as the military chief called for mass rallies to back a crackdown on "terrorism and violence".

Egyptian security forces stand on their armoured vehicles in the northern Sinai peninsula, on August 8, 2012. Gunmen have killed an Egyptian soldier in the restive Sinai, as the military chief called for mass rallies to back a crackdown on "terrorism and violence".  (AFP/File)

Gunmen killed an Egyptian soldier 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".

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.

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