Arish roadside bomb kills police conscript
Egyptian armed forces - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A police conscript was killed and four others were injured after their armored vehicle crossed over an explosive device planted on the road in Arish city in North Sinai, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Unknown assailants detonated the bomb, which leave a number of injured who were transferred to Arish Hospital.

Security forces reportedly closed Arish city entrances last night in search for the perpetrators. No news has been reported so far about the results of the police hunt after the assailants.

The northern tip of the peninsula has been witnessing an Islamist militant insurgence, killing hundreds of army and the police in several attacks, especially since the 2013 ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi.

The latest attack was on Nov.24 at a hotel hosting judges overseeing the parliament elections held in North Sinai.  The assault left two judges, four conscripts and a civilian killed, with some of the survivors blaming “lack of security measures” taken by authorities to secure judges in the restive area.

The Sinai Province militant group, which has carried out most of the attacks in the North Sinai, claimed responsibility for the hotel attack. Formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the militant group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in November 2014.

In May, the group targeted a bus carrying judges, shooting dead three judges and injuring three others.

The Egyptian army has launched several campaigns against militants, killing hundreds of them, as well as arresting many suspects and destroying tunnels used in smuggling in persons, weapons and equipment with Gaza strip.

Egypt has gained wide international support in its fight against terrorism. The country was recently chosen to head the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the United Nations Security Council, according to statements by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

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