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CAIRO (AP) — An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt on Saturday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least five troops in the restive part of Sinai Peninsula.

The extremist group announced its claim of Wednesday’s attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. The authenticity of the statement could not be verified but it was released on Telegram, as similar claims have been in the past.

The attack involved a militant ambush against a border guard checkpoint west of the Mediterranean city of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip.

The military said at least five troops, including an officer, were killed in the attack. At least seven militants were also killed, it said.

It was the second militant attack in less than a week.

Last Saturday, at least 11 troops were killed, in one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian security forces in recent years.

The Islamic State group also claimed that attack, which took place in the town of Qantara in the province of Ismailia, which stretches eastwards from the Suez Canal.

Egypt is battling an insurgency in Sinai that intensified after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. The extremists have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces and Christians, but the pace has slowed in recent years.

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Baby boy, 1, dies after being raped by Russian soldiers in unspeakably evil attack, Ukraine claims

A ONE-year-old boy has died from his injuries after being raped by evil Russian soldiers, Ukraine has claimed.

The sickening claim comes as over 60 cases of rape have been reported in the past two days, including two 10-year-old boys in Kharkiv.

1There have been over 60 reports of rape by Russian soldiers Ukraine claimedCredit: AP

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said in a tweet yesterday: "Today, in just one hour, 10 reports of rape by the [Russian] occupiers, including 8 children, were received from newly liberated villages in the Kharkiv region.

"Yesterday - 56 reports. Among the children: two 10-year-old boys and a 1-year-old boy who died of his injuries."

The unconfirmed report has been supported by a series of tweets by Ukrainian journalist Iryna Matviyishyn, who included the boy in a list of children rape victims allegedly by Russian soldiers.

The list also included allegations that Russians raped nine-year-old triplet girls in front of their mother and the rape of a two-year-old girl by two soldiers.

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The journalist said the report had been published by Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Lyudmyla Denisova.

She added: "According to Denisova, Russians also raped two men aged 67 and 78. And, reportedly, the Commissioner's Psychological Assistance Line receives calls about such war crimes every day now.

"This is a very small part of territory that was liberated from Russians, compared to those towns, villages and cities that are still under the occupation.

"We can only imagine the number of such atrocities in Kherson, Melitopol, Mariupol, Berdyansk, and others."

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The allegations are added to the long list of horrific attacks Russian forces have launched in Ukraine.

Earlier this month, a woman was allegedly raped and murdered by Russian soldiers in war-crime ravaged Bucha.

The body of the "beautiful" Karina Yershova, 22, was discovered mercilessly dumped in a garden with "tears" and "wounds", while all her nails - apart from one - had been torn off.

Last month one of Putin's soldiers was reportedly arrested after a video of him raping a baby was shared online.

24-year-old Alexei Bychkov is said to have filmed himself abusing the baby before sending the sickening footage to a Russian comrade.

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