Egypt navy boat set on fire in clash with Sinai militants

 An Egyptian naval vessel was set ablaze during a clash with militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, the military said.

Cairo: An Egyptian naval vessel was set ablaze during a clash with militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, the military said.

The patrol boat had spotted militants on the coast of Rafah and engaged them, the military`s spokesman said in a statement. The boat went up in flames during an ensuing firefight. 

The military said it suffered no casualties.

Jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group have killed scores of soldiers and policemen in the peninsula since the army`s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

They have also carried out attacks west of the Suez Canal, which separates the Sinai from the rest of Egypt.

The army said on Wednesday its troops foiled a suicide car bomb attack on a military post between Cairo and Suez that was claimed by the Islamic State`s affiliate in Egypt.

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