2 soldiers killed in Arish explosion Thursday
Egyptian armed forces in Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: An army officer and conscript were killed after a roadside bomb struck their military vehicle Thursday in Arish City, North Sinai, Youm7 reported.

The two killed military personnel were conducting a patrol on a road between Arish Airport and Ber Hefn, when a “despicable terrorist operation took place when they detonated an explosive device on the vehicle they were in,” said military spokesperson Mohamed Samir in a statement early Friday. He offered the military’s condolences to the families of the victims.

Another soldier was injured in the attack and was transferred to the hospital for treatment. Youm7 reported that an unidentified body was also found at the explosion site.

Security sources told Youm7 that preliminary investigations indicate an armed group affiliated with the Sinai-based jihadi group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) was responsible for the attack. In November, ABM swore its allegiance to the Islamic State group and began calling itself the State of Sinai.

ABM has previously claimed responsibility for a number of militant operations, mostly in North Sinai. It has said it was behind a coordinated series of attacks on Oct. 24 that killed over 30 security and military personnel.

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