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Egypt: Security Forces 'Targeted' In Attacks
Gunmen have killed an army officer, lieutenant and four soldiers in an attack on a patrol near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, security officials said.
The attack took place north of the city, where suspected militants have repeatedly targeted security forces in recent weeks.
Officials said the six were on patrol in a pickup truck when masked gunmen in another vehicle opened fire at them.
Ismailia and the areas around it have seen regular attacks on police and military personnel, especially since the military toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Meanwhile officials said a massive explosion, possibly from a car bomb, has hit the security headquarters in a southern Sinai town, killing two people and wounding 50.
The security officials said the attack in the town of al Tour significantly damaged the four-storey building and set off small fires.
Rockets were reported to have also been fired at a state satellite station in Cairo, wounding two people.
Attacks by Sinai-based militants have risen sharply since the army toppled Mr Morsi and promised a roadmap that would lead Egypt to free and fair elections.
Almost daily attacks by al Qaeda-inspired militants in the Sinai have killed more than 100 members of the security forces since early July, the army spokesman said on September 15.
On Sunday clashes in the capital between security forces and Islamist protesters left 51 people dead.
Street battles raged for hours after supporters of Mr Morsi and backers of the military that deposed him poured into the streets and turned on each other.
It was the highest death toll in a single day in violence in Egypt since August 14, when security forces raided two sit-in protest camps by Mr Morsi's supporters in Cairo, killing hundreds.