CAIRO: A senior police officer was killed and at least other six officers and conscripts were injured Wednesday in a roadside bomb attack in North Sinai, Interior Ministry source told Youm7.
The roadside bombing went off while armored vehicles were on their way back from a joint police and army security operation in North Sinai’s city of Arish.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The joint security operation, currently taking place in North Sinai, is to combat attacks by Islamist insurgency, which has killed hundreds of army and police personnel since the military-backed ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 over mass protest against his rule.
Most of Sinai attacks have been claimed responsibility by the militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which rebranded its name in November 2014 to be ‘Sinai Province’ after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.
The army has uncovered and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that were used by militants in smuggling arms, goods and equipment between Egypt’s Rafah city and Gaza strip.
In May 16, three judges and their driver were killed when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Arish.
Security forces have recently announced new plans to “entrap” Sinai militants by planting landmines around military utilities.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Rady.