Officer killed, 2 policemen injured in roadside bomb in Arish
Egyptian armed forces in Sinai - YOUM7

CAIRO: A police officer was killed and two policemen were injured Monday when their convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb in Sheikh Zuwayed of North Sinai.

Meanwhile, a conscript from the Central Security Forces was killed in clashes with smugglers in southern Rafah near the border crossing with Palestine, Youm7 reported.

On Nov. 12, nine family members, including a three-year-old child, were killed and one severely injured in an attack by unknown militants in north Sinai’s city of Arish.

The Sinai-based militant group Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province,) formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM,) claimed responsibility for several attacks on security forces mainly in Sinai. In 2014, the group pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) group.

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.

The Monday attacks took place amid high security measures in the restive governorate of North Sinai during the 2015 parliament elections; military airplanes flied over the polling stations whose the vicinity intensified and combed by the security and military forces.

Curfew hours imposed in some parts of North Sinai has been reduced Sunday and Monday to allow voters cast their ballots, the High Election Committee (HEC) said Saturday.

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