CAIRO: Three military conscripts were killed and six others, including civilians, injured in a roadside bombing in Sinai late Friday, Youm7 reported.
The bomb exploded on a coastal road in North Sinai’s town of Al Arish, according to security and medical sources.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Heavy gunshot by security forces followed the explosion, according to local residents.
Security forces surrounded the road with a cordon following the bombing, said security source, adding that all soldiers were transferred to Al-Arish hospital with “moderate” injuries.
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 military launched a major offensive against the jihadists in September, claiming it killed scores in an attempt to restore order in the peninsula which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.