2 killed in attack in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Associated Press
A supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says militants have attacked a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least two people.

The official says the gunmen stormed the post in an area called Sadr Haitan in central Sinai early Wednesday. He says six people were wounded in the attack. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press.

Sinai has witnessed a series of daily attacks on police and army posts since Egypt's military deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last week.

Islamic extremists and former jihadists have threatened to escalate attacks in retaliation for Morsi's ouster.

Officials said earlier that a total of five policemen killed by militants in shootings around the Sinai city of el-Arish in the past week.

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