CAIRO: A police officer was killed, and a corporal and two conscripts injured Friday in an Arish bomb attack, informed sources in North Sinai told Youm7.
Captain Mohamed al-Sawah, 25, was killed when an explosive device detonated on the route of his armored vehicle near al-Midan area west of Arish, the sources said.
The two 21-year old conscripts and the corporal were injured by shrapnel, the sources added.
According to a Thursday military statement, 20 armed “terrorists” were killed, 12 were injured and 78 suspects were arrested in military and police raids in North Sinai.
Further, 51 explosive devices planted on the routes of the forces were detonated by the military, according to the statement.
Checkpoints installed by military and police continue to “tighten the noose on takfiri elements and prevent them from infiltrating out of the areas of anti-terrorist operations in North Sinai,” the statement read.
On Wednesday, 10 police conscripts were injured in a bomb attack in Arish.
On Sept. 27, the military announced that the first phase of the Right of the Martyr operation was finalized in the northeastern part of North Sinai, including Sheikh Zuwayed, Rafah, and Arish.
The main phase of the operation was carried out in 16 days, killing 535 “terrorists,” arresting 634 wanted persons, dismantling 478 bombs, and destroying 613 “terrorist hubs,” 111 armed vehicles, 250 motorcycles and 38 explosive storehouses, the military stated.