Two bombs target, miss military vehicles in Rafah: military source
Egyptian army forces in Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Two bombs planted near military vehicles missed their mark in Rafah, North Sinai, where forces have tightened security measures, a military source told Youm7 Tuesday.

The bombs, placed along the Military Road by alleged takfiris, or religious extremists, exploded soon after several military vehicles passed, the source added.

Military and security forces are on alert and combed Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed to arrest those responsible.

Two women were killed and four injured after a shell hit their house in Rafah city Sunday night, eyewitnesses told Youm7.

On Jan. 29, 29 military personnel were killed and 49 injured in North Sinai; on its Twitter account, the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they have launched a series of simultaneous attacks against security forces in the North Sinai cities of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed.

At least 30 other military personnel were killed by militants in October 2014. Egypt announced a state of emergency as well as a curfew for three months, which was later extended to April. A 1-km wide buffer zone along the border with Rafah has also been implemented, requiring the evacuation of more than 1,000 families.

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