Sinai bomb targeting Egyptian intelligence site leaves four dead
Four people died in a bomb that targeted an Egyptian intelligence facility in Sinai on Wednesday. Here, a man is seen riding his motorbike through a wall that was destroyed by an attack by Egyptian Army in the Sinai peninsula. (AFP)
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Four people were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded at an intelligence facility in Egypt’s Sinai, state television reported.
“A large explosion” targeted the military intelligence headquarters in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip, one official said.
Witnesses said the powerful blast shattered the windows of other buildings in the Imam Ali area in Rafah where the military building is located.
More than ten people were wounded in the attack. The Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip, has seen a sharp rise in militant attacks since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, reported Agence-France-Presse.
While continuing assaults on militants in Sinai, Egyptian authorities on Monday announced a tightened grip on security in the restive peninsula.
The heightened security concerns came amid threats from an Islamist group, based in Sinai, which said it tried to kill the interior minister in Cairo last week, the state news agency reported on Monday.
On Saturday, the Egyptian military launched a major assault on militants in North Sinai, killing or wounding at least 30 people in clashes close to the Palestinian Gaza Strip.