CAIRO: Two police officers were killed and eight others injured in a bomb blast that targeted their vehicle in Arish late Thursday night, Youm7 reported.
Youm7 quoted an unnamed security official saying Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was likely behind the attack. It was also reported that the culprits dug a tunnel through which they were able to get closer to the location where the truck would pass and planted two bombs there.
However, official security authorities have not made any announcements, nor has any group claimed responsibility.
The explosion took place just a couple of hours after another incident in the city of Tanta, the capital of the governorate of Gharbia, where multiple bombs exploded near a mosque. According to Gharbia Security Chief Osama Bedeir in statements made to Al-Nahar TV Thursday, they were nothing more than “sound effects bombs.”
An official from the Ministry of Health in Gharbia named Mohamed Sharshar told Aswat Masriya on Thursday that 11 people were injured as a result of a “stampede” following panic created by the sounds of the explosions.
Additonal reporting by Mohamed Hussein.