Militant attacks on north Sinai city kill 2

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A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a demonstration outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 21, 2013. The panel charged with amending Egypt’s constitution in the aftermath of the ouster of Morsi met for the first time on Sunday, according to the country’s official news agency. Thousands of women held a brief protest against Morsi’s overthrow at the heavily fortified Defense Ministry in Cairo. Ranks of soldiers formed a military cordon outside the ministry. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials say militants in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula have launched a coordinated attack on three locations in the main city of el-Arish, killing a soldier and a 25-year-old woman.

It was the latest sign of growing strength of Muslim militants in the lawless desert peninsula.

A police camp in the Egyptian border city of Rafah also came under attack by militants, who fired rocket-propelled grenades at the building, wounding seven soldiers protecting the site.

Officials say militants used machine guns on a police club, a police station and a security post outside a bank in the center of el-Arish. The officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.

Attacks have become more frequent in northern Sinai since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi July 3.