Militants attack peacekeeper base in Egypt's Sinai

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Protesters shout during an anti US demonstration in front of US Embassy, Cairo, Egypt

Protesters shout during an anti US demonstration in front of US Embassy, Cairo, Egypt (AP photo)

CAIRO (AP) – A senior official with the international peacekeeping force in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula says suspected Islamic militants stormed their base near the Gaza-Israel border, wounding four officers. The official says militants armed with automatic weapons broke into the base Friday, set fire to vehicles and are clashing with the force inside.

The official says it appears the attack is connected with wider protests in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The bases houses around 1,500 multinational troops, part of a force put in place under the 1979 peace accord between Egypt and Israel.

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