Sinai roadside bombing wounds ten Egyptian police officers

Published December 13th, 2015 - 09:01 GMT
An Egyptian policeman inspects the wreckage after a car bomb blast kills three policemen in al-Tur, in the Sinai peninsula, on October 7, 2013 (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
An Egyptian policeman inspects the wreckage after a car bomb blast kills three policemen in al-Tur, in the Sinai peninsula, on October 7, 2013 (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)

At least ten police officers sustained injuries when a powerful explosion struck their two armored vehicles in Egypt’s violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the policemen were travelling along a highway in the city of el-Arish, situated 344 kilometers (214 miles) northeast of the capital, Cairo, when they were hit by a roadside bomb.

On December 8, four soldiers were killed and as many as others wounded when a military convoy hit an explosive device in the border town of Rafah, located 340 kilometers (211 miles) east of the capital.

In a similar incident, at least 12 people, among them civilians, lost their lives and 20 others sustained serious wounds on November 4, when a vehicle rigged with explosives was detonated in front of the police department building in el-Arish.

The Daesh-affiliated Sinai Province group later claimed responsibility for the act of violence.

The Egyptian military views the Sinai Peninsula as a sanctuary for extremists, who use the volatile region as a safe haven.

Sinai Province militants have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in the Sinai Peninsula. Last November, the group pledged allegiance to Daesh, which is wreaking havoc primarily in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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