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Attacks raise fears of Islamic State resurgence in Sinai

The recent death of five army troops in the Sinai Peninsula is giving rise to fears from a possible revival of the local Islamic State branch, given growing IS activities in other countries.
A picture taken from the Rafah border of the southern Gaza Strip with Egypt shows smoke billowing in the northern Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, July 16, 2015. The Islamic State said it carried out a missile attack on an Egyptian navy vessel off northern Sinai.

CAIRO — Local security analysts warn against a possible resurgence by the Islamic State (IS) in the Sinai Peninsula, in the wake of a string of attacks on army troops, Bedouins and tribal figures in the northeastern Egyptian territory.

Five army troops, including an officer, sergeant and three conscripts, were killed in the northern Sinai town of Baer al-Abd Jan. 25, when an explosive device, planted by IS operatives, went off, during an army combing operation in the town.

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