CAIRO: Three people were injured Friday when an explosive device detonated south of Sheikh Zuwayed city in North Sinai, Youm7 reported.
Preliminary information indicates that the device was planted to detonate when security forces cross the designated area, but it exploded before the specified time, a security source told Youm7.
A 4-year-old boy was injured in the explosion, a 28-year-old man’s hand and his 18-year-old brother suffered several shrapnel wounds, according to Youm7. They are being treated at Al-Arish Hospital.
North Sinai has housed frequent attacks by militants against military and police targets, but also affecting civilians, since the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
The military has also launched several security campaigns, killing and arresting dozens of “jihadists and takfiris.”
Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein.