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Attack on Egypt army convoy kills 2 soldiers

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An Egyptian security official says gunmen have attacked an army convoy east of Cairo, killing two soldiers, reported the Associated Press.

The official said attackers opened fire at a convoy made up mostly of mostly military trucks towing tanks and other armored vehicles. The incident occurred on Friday on the road between the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and Cairo.

He added that the two members of the convoy who were killed were conscripts.

Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack and were taken to hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media, reported the Associated Press.

Militants have stepped up attacks against Egyptian troops, mostly in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

The surge followed the Egyptian military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July.

(With the Associated Press)