Egypt buries soldiers slain in border attack

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An Israeli soldier examines the wreckage of an Egyptian military vehicle after militants burst it through a security fence into Israel from Egypt, at an Israeli military base along the border with Egypt, southern Israel, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Masked gunmen killed 16 Egyptian soldiers on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at a checkpoint along the border with Gaza and Israel, the first such attack on troops and then the attackers drove off, crashing into Israel, officials said. Egypt blamed Islamist militants from Gaza and Egypt's troubled Sinai Peninsula. President Mohammed Morsi said the attackers "will pay dearly." The Israeli military said the attack was part of a plot to abduct an Israeli soldier, and two vehicles commandeered by the attackers crashed into Israel, where one blew up. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is holding a military funeral for 16 soldiers killed in an attack over the weekend by suspected militants in Sinai near the borders with Gaza and Israel.

Mourners prayed for the dead at a mosque in an east Cairo suburb on Tuesday. The coffins, wrapped in Egypt's red-white-and-black flag, were later taken to a nearby square where a military ceremony is under way.

The military says 35 gunmen attacked an Egyptian border post, killing the 16 before commandeering an armored vehicle they later used to try to storm across the border into Israel. It has accused Palestinians from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip of aiding the gunmen.

Some among the mourners chanted slogans against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, a parent movement of the militant Hamas group.