CAIRO: A police officer was injured in an armored personnel carrier that veered off the road trying to avoid a roadside bomb in North Sinai, Youm7 reported Monday.
Captain Mohamed Abbas, 25, is originally from Cairo and is a member of North Sinai security forces. He sustained wounds after his vehicle flipped over away from the explosion.
Security sources told Youm7 that the perpetrators are members of Sinai Province (formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) militant group, which has claimed responsibility for most Sinai-based attacks targeting hundreds of soldiers.
According to quoted preliminary investigations, the explosion was carried out remotely through mobile phones, which have been largely used by extremist groups to detonate bombs.
A police hunt was launched after the perpetrators fled the scene immediately, sources added.
Residents were also quoted as saying that the attack took place during a curfew, which has been imposed on certain parts of North Sinai and is renewed every three years due to security challenges facing the area.
Eyewitnesses said that the explosion left a hole in the road and cracks in the windows of nearby houses.
Several roadside bombs have detonated in passing armored vehicles amid a series of attacks that resulted in hundreds of deaths among the armed forces and police personnel in the restive North Sinai.
Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the 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.