Militants kill 30 soldiers in Egypt's Sinai
At least 30 troops reportedly killed in five simultaneous attacks across Egypt’s fraught North Sinai province

 least 30 Egyptian soldiers were killed Wednesday morning in separate militant attacks – which included at least one suicide bombing – in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Militants reportedly staged at least five simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints across Egypt’s North Sinai province.

"The situation looks like a warfare,” a military source told Anadolu Agency, adding that the clashes between militants and army forces are ongoing.

Brigadier General Mohamed Samir, Egypt's army spokesman, however, said 10 soldiers had been killed.

He went on to assert that "22 terrorists” had also been killed by Egyptian security forces.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, in a 2013 coup following protests against his administration.

Since Morsi's ouster two years ago, the Egyptian authorities have waged a relentless crackdown on dissent that has mainly targeted the ousted president’s supporters and members of his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The crackdown has left hundreds of the latter dead and tens of thousands behind bars.

Last Modified: 2015-07-01 09:26:28
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