Sinai Group Claims Border Attack

    ADDS THAT AN ISRAELI SOLDIER WAS KILLED IN THE INCIDENT - An injured Israeli soldier is wheeled into Soroka hospital in the southern town of Beersheva, Israel, Friday, Sept  21, 2012, following an exchange of fire with militants along Israel's southern border with Egypt. Military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich says the militants were armed with weapons and were wearing explosive belts and flak jackets. She said they opened fire on Friday on Israeli troops guarding a team of workers building a border fence between Israel and Egypt's Sinai desert. The Israeli troops returned fire, killing the militants. An Israeli Soldier was killed in the attack.(AP Photo/Yehuda Lahiyani) ISRAEL OUT

    Yehuda Lahiyani / AP Photo

    Militants on the Egyptian side of the Sinai Peninsula claimed responsibility for an attack last week that claimed the life of an Israeli soldier—the latest death as Egypt struggles to control its share of the region. Supporters of the Holy Places, as the group calls itself, said the attack was spurred by Innocence of Muslims, the anti-Islam film made in America that was blamed for protests across the Muslim world in recent weeks. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said that restoring order in Sinai is a priority, but attacks by small groups of gunmen and militants have continued.

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