CAIRO: A Police officer was killed and nine police personnel injured Saturday after a bomb exploded nearby their armored vehicle in restive North Sinai’s Arish city, the state news agency MENA reported.
The perpetrators have not yet been identified by official security bodies, security source told MENA Saturday. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the blast so far.
The Sinai-based militant group Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province,) formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM,) has claimed responsibility for several attacks on security forces mainly in Sinai. In 2014, the group pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) group.
On Friday, 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.
The two 21-year old conscripts and the corporal were injured by shrapnel, the sources added.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.