5 injured in a bombing of a police-rented home in Arish
Egyptian armed forces in Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A house rented by police in Arish, North Sinai was bombed Monday morning by unknown assailants resulting in two police officers and three residents injured, Youm7 reported.

The five injuries were immediately transferred to Arish Military and General Arish hospitals for treatment.

The bombing was committed after the assailants placed an amount of explosives with a remote detonator near the house, located in an area where police usually rent their houses. As a result, parts of four houses in the area have reportedly collapsed.

The perpetrators of the bombing have not yet been identified by official security bodies.

Security and military forces in Arish and other parts in North Sinai have been the target of militant groups, who managed since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, to kill dozens of security and army personnel in separate major explosions and militant attacks.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based militant group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS) in November, has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly operations targeting security personnel in the peninsula. The group has also said it committed an October major attack that killed over 30 personnel.

An intensive campaign was subsequently launched by the Egyptian army in cooperation with the police authority to crackdown on suspected militants and their villages.

A 1-kilometer buffer zone near the Rafah-Gaza border is under implementation, and requires the evacuation of residents and removal of houses, under which many tunnels were discovered.  As part of the two-phase campaign, displaced residents are receiving financial compensation for leaving their houses.

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