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Egyptian death toll rises to 22

Cairo - A military official says the death toll among troops from a brazen attack on a border post in Egypt's western desert has risen to 22.

The official said one of the wounded troops died Sunday.

Women walk in front of a huge banner of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo, March 13, 2014. Credit: Reuters

The attack was the deadliest suffered by the military in recent history.

Officials, including President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former military chief, called it a terrorist attack that won't go unpunished.

El-Sissi declared a three-day mourning period.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked the border post in the country's largest province al-Wadi al-Gedid, which straddles the Libyan and Sudanese borders, before sundown Saturday, causing an explosion in the ammunition warehouse.

Three attackers were killed in brief clashes. - Sapa-AP

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