CAIRO: At least two police officers were killed and five policemen injured after a bomb exploded Thursday night in their armored vehicle in North Sinai’s town of Arish, Youm7 reported.
The victims were taken to a nearby military hospital while security forces reinforced their presence in the vicinity of the explosion in search for the perpetrators, security source told Youm7 Friday.
The attack is the third in a week.
On Sunday, militants on motorbikes shot dead at least two policemen and a civilian, and wounded four others at a checkpoint in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Sharqia, while on Thursday seven police officers and three civilians were killed in a massive explosion in when police raided an apartment where militants were making explosive devices in Giza.
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.