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|Egypt army attacks Sinai militants
||Egypt army attacks Sinai militants
(35 minutes later)
The Egyptian army has launched a broad offensive against militants in Sinai.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC that tanks, armoured vehicles and troops - backed by Apache helicopters - had attacked the militants in Rafah, along the border with the Gaza Strip.
|The operation is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent years in Sinai.||The operation is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent years in Sinai.|
|There have been frequent attacks on pipelines and security forces since the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.||There have been frequent attacks on pipelines and security forces since the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.|
Meanwhile Egyptian soldiers have discovered mortar rounds and other explosives planted on a railway line near the Suez Canal, the state news agency has reported.