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Egypt: bodies of 25 slain police officers returned to Cairo

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The bodies of 25 off-duty police officers killed by suspected Islamist militants in northern Sinai have been flown back to a military base in Cairo.

The attack was the deadliest in years in a region where Egyptian military have been engaged in a long-running battle against extremists.

The men were apparently forced from the two mini buses in which they were traveling and executed.

The ambush which took place close to the Rafah crossing near the Gaza Strip underscores the current turmoil consuming Egypt.

Security was immediately tightened. There have been almost daily attacks in Sinai since the toppling of former President Mohamed Mursi, leading some to link the militants with his Muslim Brotherhood – something which the Brotherhood denies.