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Militants say they carried out attack

SINAI-BASED militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has said it carried out a bomb attack on an Egyptian police compound in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, which killed 16 people and wounded about 140.

The army-backed government has vowed to fight terrorism, saying the Christmas Eve attack would not upset a political transition plan whose next step is a January referendum on a new constitution.

Ansar Bayt al Maqdis said Egypt's rulers were fighting Islamic legitimacy and had spilled the blood of oppressed Muslims, describing the police compound as a "nest of apostasy and tyranny".

Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, whose name means Supporters of Jerusalem, previously claimed responsibility for a failed assassination attack on the interior minister in Cairo in September.

Militant attacks on security forces in Sinai have become common since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

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