Two explosions heard in Egypt's Rafah, near Gaza border: witnesses

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Two explosions were heard in the Egyptian town of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, security sources and witnesses said. The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear. The Egyptian army and Islamist militants have been embroiled in fighting for hours on Wednesday in North Sinai, after the militants attacked military checkpoints leaving 50 people dead. (Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Islamic State Egypt affiliate claims responsibility for North Sinai attacks: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility on Wednesday for attacks against security forces in North Sinai, according to a statement on Twitter. The group said it had attacked more than 15 security sites, and had carried out three suicide attacks. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the statement. (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Egypt security forces kill nine "armed men" in Cairo suburb: security sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces stormed an apartment in the western Cairo suburb of '6th of October' and killed nine men whom they said were armed, security sources said. The sources said authorities had received information the group was planning to carry out an attack. Among those dead was Nasser al-Hafi, a prominent lawyer for the Muslim Brotherhood and a former lawmaker. (Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Islamic State attack in Egypt's North Sinai kills 50

An Israeli army tank takes position along Israel's border with EgyptBy Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province. The onslaught marked a significant escalation in violence in the Sinai Peninsula, located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal, and raised questions about the government's ability to contain an insurgency that has already killed hundreds of police and soldiers. It was the second high-profile attack in Egypt this week.

Bombers attack Nigeria's Maiduguri while vice president visits camps

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency. The blasts injured two people and happened at about 11.30 a.m. (1030 GMT) near the gates of a hospital where suicide bombers killed three people and injured 16 last Saturday, a military source and a witness told Reuters. "The second blast occurred two minutes after the first one, killed the bomber and injured two other people nearby," said Mohammed Haruna, who helped to evacuate people from the scene.

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