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Bombings kill Egypt soldier in Sinai, police officer in Cairo

Twin bomb attacks early Friday killed seven in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula while a third bomb in Cairo reportedly killed a police officer
A burnt-out army bus following a car bomb attack in North Sinai's provincial capital Al-Arish in November 2013 (AFP/Facebook)

An Egyptian policeman was killed and six others were injured in twin suicide bombings early Friday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. 

A third bombing in Cairo which went off in front of courthouse in Heliopolis killed a traffic policeman, AFP reported.

Hours earlier, a bomber struck a security checkpoint in El-Tur in South Sinai, killing one soldier and injured three others, according to the official MENA news agency.

Another suicide bomber blew himself up at a tourist bus in El-Tur, injuring three people, security sources said.There was no claim of responsibility.

Friday's attack came less than three months after a deadly bombing struck a tourist bus in South Sinai, killing four people and injured 12 others. 

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Scores of soldiers and police have been killed in attacks since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July and installed an interim government that has waged a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

A Middle East Eye exclusive found last week that up to 300 people, mostly civilians, have also died in Sinai in a brutal eight-month counter-insurgency campaign there by the Egyptian army.

The army has been launching a comprehensive crackdown on what it calls "Islamist militants" in Sinai for several months.

The crackdown also includes the destruction of hundreds of tunnels between Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

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