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Egypt Raises Sinai Attack Toll to 22   01/30 06:25

   EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian health officials have raised the death toll 
to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen 
army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.

   An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed 
responsibility for the attacks in involved locations in three Sinai towns and 
required a previously unseen level of coordination.

   An Egyptian army spokesman blamed former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's 
Muslim Brotherhood for orchestrating the attack. Among the dead were at least 
25 soldiers and a policeman.

   Health Ministry officials said two civilians were also among those killed. 
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized 
to speak to reporters.


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