2 military conscripts, 4 civilians injured in two blasts in North Sinai
Egyptian armed forces in Sinai - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Two military conscripts and four civilians were injured Saturday when two car bombs exploded in the vicinity of Sheikh Zuwayed police station in North Sinai, a medical source told Youm7.

Some were injured by shrapnel of explosions and pieces of broken glass, and were transported to Sheikh Zuwayed Central Hospital, the source added.

Eye-witnesses   said a group of militants escaped from the explosion site and fled in their vehicle, opening the fire during their escape.

Armored vehicles have intensified their presence at the explosion site while the military forces combed the area, to catch those responsible.

Military forces have claimed North Sinai serves as haven for militants since the January 25 Revolution; attacks against the military personnel have increased in this region and bomb attacks have been carried out on the Israeli-Jordanian-Egyptian gas pipeline 29 times. The attacks have escalated following the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi July 3, 2013 and the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins dispersal in Cairo and Giza that August.

The Egyptian Army launched several military operations against the militants; dozens have been killed in both sides.

On Friday, a military source said a group of Apache helicopters killed at least 30 alleged militants, three of them accused of being members in outlawed Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group. Meanwhile,10 other militants were injured.

Following an October attack in which dozens of the military personnel killed, Egyptian army has created a 1-km wide buffer zone along the border with Rafah, which has displaced at least 1,000 families. The government has announced it will compensate the families who are forced to move.

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