1 officer, 3 soldiers killed after N Sinai bomb blast

CAIRO: An army officer and three soldiers were killed after a bomb planted in their raid vehicle went off Thursday in Rafah City in North Sinai, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced.

The armed forces are combing the border between El-Mahdeya and El-Masoura areas in Rafah City when an explosive device went off in their car, the spokesperson said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

The statement added that the explosion injured three other personnel.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in attacks against security forces since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

On July 1, a number of security checkpoints and a police station in Sheikh Zuwayed were attacked in what was labeled by the army as “a failed attempt to take over the town.”

The attacks killed 17 army personnel and at least 100 alleged militants, according to military statement.

The Sinai Province group, known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis before pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for most of the attacks targeting army and police personnel in the peninsula.

A counter-terrorism law, recently drafted by the government, stipulates that reporters should stick to the government data when covering terrorism-related issues, or else journalists might face toughened fine varies from 200,000 ($25K) – 500,000 EGP.

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