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Egyptian Jihadist Group Says It Carried Out Attack on Israel

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Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- A jihadist group based in Egypt claimed responsibility for a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli soldier in Sinai, in what the group says was a response to an anti-Islam film that sparked protests in the Middle East.

Another Israeli soldier was injured and three militants killed in the Sept. 21 clash. Ansar Bait al-Maqdis posted a statement on a website often used by militant groups, claiming it carried out the attack.

Egypt launched a sweeping operation in the Sinai Peninsula to root out extremists after a raid in August that left 16 Egyptian border guards dead.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said today that Egypt has sufficient forces in the Sinai to deal with security problems and his country would not accept changes to the peace treaty to increase the number of troops there.

“There is no chance that Israel will agree to any change in the Camp David agreement, not regarding the military appendix or the accord itself,” Liberman said in an interview with Israel Radio.

To contact the reporters on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net; Calev Ben-David in Jerusalem at cbendavid@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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