Blast kills 3 army officers in Sinai

CAIRO: Three military officers were killed and a soldier was injured following a roadside bomb in North Sinai’s city of Rafah Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

“The blast struck a military armored vehicle in the Tawil al-Amir district, south of Rafah,” security officials told Youm7.

Attacks targeting security forces have risen since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Most attacks target security forces in North Sinai.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group claimed responsibility for most militant attacks carried out in the governorate since 2013.

On Monday, army spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced that the armed forces had killed 57 suspected militants in raids carried out in North Sinai during the past 10 days.

Twin bomb attacks claimed by the group on April 12 have killed at least 14 people, 11 of them security personnel.

In November, the group pledged allegiance to Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, renaming itself as the “Sinai Province.”

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