2 conscripts, 5 ‘terrorists’ killed in N. Sinai
Photo courtesy of Military spokesperson Facebook page

CAIRO: Two military conscripts were killed and another was injured Sunday when a roadside bomb exploded near their armored vehicle in Sheikh Zuwayd city of restive North Sinai, Youm7 reported security sources.

Unidentified persons opened fire on an ambulance that was transporting the dead bodies and the injured conscript to Arish hospital, the sources added.

Following that attack, Egypt’s Armed Forces spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced Suday that five suspected ‘terrorists’ had been killed in gun fight with military forces in Sheikh Zuwayd.

Samir added in a statement posted the official Facebook page that an investigation has been issued into the gun fight.

On Feb. 28, a police officer was fatally shot by unknown assailants in North Sinai’s town of Arish, The Interior Ministry said Sunday.

The Sinai Peninsula, where the militant Islamic State group (IS) has a toehold, has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, following an attack against the military that claimed the lives of 33 soldiers.

Attacks on police and army personnel as well as state institutions have been recurrent since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following a mass protest against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

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