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Two Egyptian soldiers, 6 militants killed in 'foiled' attack

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Egypt's military said two soldiers and six militants were killed in a “foiled” suicide bombing in Sinai on Wednesday, days after the ISIS staged a large scale attack in the peninsula.

The bomber had taken advantage of a fog to creep up on an army “installation” when troops spotted and killed him, the military said in a statement.

The ISIS also claimed Wednesday's attack in a statement on its propaganda agency Amaq.

The military said five other militants were killed in ensuing clashes, which followed a police convoy bombing in Sinai on Monday claimed by ISIS that killed 18 people.

Monday's attack was one of the deadliest in a militants insurgency in the peninsula that has killed hundreds of troops and policemen.

While based in North Sinai, the ISIS affiliate in Egypt has carried out attacks elsewhere including in Cairo, and it has claimed attacks that have killed more than 100 Coptic Christians since December.