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More troops arrive in Egypt's Sinai over hostages

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SARAH EL DEEB | May 21, 2013 09:36 AM EST | AP


CAIRO — Egyptian security officials say they have deployed additional military and police, along with helicopters and rocket launchers, to the northern Sinai Peninsula as part of a buildup in response to the kidnapping of security forces there.

Suspected militants abducted six policemen and a border guard last week and demanded the release of scores of prisoners from the region, including convicted colleagues. On Tuesday, a joint military and police force combed a deserted village in North Sinai governorate along with helicopter support.

A security official said the search of the suspected militant hideout yielded no arrests, and a few shots were fired to disperse a watching crowd. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.