Egypt Independent

Roadside bomb blast kills two, injures 11 in Arish



Two people were killed and 11 injured in a bomb blast in Arish, North Sinai, on Monday.

According to security sources, an explosive device was planted by terrorists on Khazan Street, in the city of Arish.

The two people killed in the explosion were civilians, while three conscripts and eight other civilians were injured.

The injured were treated at the nearby military hospital, while the dead were transferred to Arish Public Hospital.

Security sources were unable to identify the terrorists responsible for the attack.

Egyptian military and security forces have been battling a mounting insurgency in Sinai since the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi in June 2013. Militants linked to the Islamic State terrorist group frequently conduct ambushes, mortar attacks and roadside bomb attacks in the North Sinai governorate.

In one of the largest single attacks, at least 15 police personnel were killed in an assault on a checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai. According to news reports, the attack was initiated by a car bomb at the checkpoint, followed by mortar fire.

Militants from the Sinai Province terrorist group, which is affiliated to Islamic State, later claimed responsibility.

In a typical attack, militants will detonate explosives and then fire on ambulance crews when they arrive to treat the casualties.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm