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Egypt: 5 killed in militant attack

Three children were among those killed by Sinai-based Islamic militants.

A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on 4 July, 2015, shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2nd from R) reviewing military equipment during a visit to the Sinai Peninsula following a wave of deadly attacks on armed forces by the Islamic State jihadists. Picture: AFP.

CAIRO - An entire family of five members has been killed in the shelling of their house by militants in Egypt's Northern Sinai.

Nine of their neighbours were wounded.

The attack comes ahead of tomorrow's opening of new extensions to the Suez Canal, separating the Sinai Peninsula from mainland Egypt, to which local and foreign dignitaries have been invited.

Three children were among those killed by Sinai-based Islamic militants who've launched increasingly sophisticated attacks in recent months that have killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers and police.

Government forces have been carrying out an intensified hunt for the militants in several northern towns in the Peninsula.

The violence follows the ousting of elected president Mohamed Moursi and the subsequent poll that brought former military Chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi to power.

He ordered the mega project that's been completed in record time.