CAIRO: An officer was injured early Monday after an explosive device detonated near his armored vehicle in Arish, North Sinai, security sources told Youm7.
Security raids followed the attack in southern Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah, arresting 36 suspects, who are being questioned on whether they are related to the attacks in the restive governorate.
“Terrorist hubs,” shacks and small homes allegedly used by militants were destroyed in the raids, and a number of unlicensed motorcycles were torched.
The raids resulted in the arrest of 22 runaway convicts in different criminal cases. Checkpoints have been installed on streets, Arish-Rafah International Road, and Arish-Qantara Road.
Roads leading to town councils and police stations were closed in the entire governorate. The Arish squares of al-Maleh and al-Daheya were closed, as well as Sehikh Zuwayed Square, Rafah Square and al-Joura Square.
On Dec. 8, an officer and three conscripts were killed and four others injured after a roadside bomb detonated on a highway in Rafah.
Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers were killed over a number of attacks since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. The most recent wide-scale attack in North Sinai was carried out July 1, killing 17 soldiers; some 200 militants were killed during and after the clashes, according to the military.