2 policemen, civilian injured in roadside bomb in Arish
An army check point in North Sinai - REUTERS

Two policemen and a civilian were hospitalized after a roadside bomb exploded in Arish, North Sinai Tuesday evening, Youm7 reported.

The bomb detonated when the police patrol vehicle was moving nearby it in Masaeed area, northern Arish, a medical source said. Meanwhile security forces cordoned off the area.

The explosion took place a day after a police officer and a police conscript were injured after a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in al-Refaei square in central of Arish. They were hospitalized suffering from injuries and bruises. The explosion took place after the end of curfew hours in Arish.

On Monday, a police officer was injured in an armored personnel carrier that veered off the road trying to avoid a roadside bomb in North Sinai. 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.

On May 4, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi decreed to extend the curfew and emergency state in three areas in North Sinai of Arish, Rafah and Gabal al-Halal. The curfew hours start from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., while curfew hours end at 5:00 a.m. in Arish and the international road.

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 where the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt took a footing.

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.

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