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Egyptian officials raise death toll of Sinai attacks to 32

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EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian health officials have raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night.

An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in involved locations in three Sinai towns and required a previously unseen level of coordination.

An Egyptian army spokesman blamed former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood for orchestrating the attack. Among the dead were at least 25 soldiers and a policeman.

Health Ministry officials said two civilians were also among those killed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.

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