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Islamic State jihadists abduct 5 Egyptians in northern Sinai

At least five Egyptians are abducted by Islamic State jihadists in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, security officials say.

The five were driving to their workplace in the small town of Bir al-Abed when the jihadists from the Islamic State group stopped their vehicle and took them to an unknown place.

The five include three engineers, a laborer and their driver, say the officials. They all work at the el-Salam canal project that moves the Nile Delta drainage water to be reused in agriculture in the peninsula.

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The two security officials speak on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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