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Islamist gunmen stage multiple attacks in Sinai


CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula early on Friday, two days after the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, security sources and state television reported.

Attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at army checkpoints guarding El Arish airport, close to the border with the Gaza Strip and Israel, in the latest of a string of security incidents in the lawless region, the sources said.

Separately, a police station in Rafah on the border with Gaza came under rocket fire, causing an unknown number of injuries among soldiers, according to the sources. The police post is close to the local headquarters of military intelligence.

(Reporting by Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Paul Taylor)