Bomb detonates on Arish-Rafah road, no casualties reported
Egyptian security forces - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Unidentified persons planted an explosive device on the Arish-Rafah road in North Sinai governorate where armed personnel carriers were crossing, but it detonated after they passed, MENA reported.

Bomb disposal experts defused another explosive found nearby, and security forces searched the area for any other bombs or outlaws, Al-Wafd newspaper reported.

No casualties or losses have been reported from the incident.

A military source told Youm7 that the international road of Arish-Rafah is “completely safe” and that military forces charged of purging Sinai from “terrorism” were not harmed.

Since the January 25 Revolution, North Sinai has seen a rise in militant attacks, and following the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi on July 3 after mass protests called for the end of his regime on June 30, groups such as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis have launched attacks against military and police forces, killing dozens including civilian passersby.

A Twitter account associated with the militant group claimed responsibility June 1 for the murder of five border guard soldiers and one officer in the Wadi Gedid governorate after gunmen attacked a military patrol.

On June 8, the day of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration, an armed group attacked a military checkpoint in Arish, North Sinai, killing one civilian and injuring one soldier.

The Twitter account has expressed solidarity with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in the past few days and warned the U.S. against attacking it.

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