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Three militants killed in gunfight with Egyptian military

SHEIK ZUWEID, Egypt, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Three militants died in a gunfight with Egyptian troops in the northern Sinai Peninsula, state news agency MENA reported.

The exchange of fire took place Wednesday when the militants opened fire at troops in an armored vehicle in Sheik Zuweid, MENA reported.

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Earlier in the day, the Egyptian army said it killed two militants during an air offensive, Ahram Online reported.

Two homes were destroyed -- one a hideout and the other a weapons depot -- during the offensive.

Attacks by militants on police and the military in the peninsula have become more commonplace since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July.

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