CAIRO: A police conscript was killed and four others were injured in North Sinai after a roadside bomb detonated as their armored personnel carrier was passing by, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Wessam Ali, a 22-year-old conscript originally from Giza, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, in El-Masaeed district of western Arish.
The four injured, who came from different governorates with ages ranging from 22-33, were transferred to Arish Hospital to receive treatment.
The bomb was remotely detonated through a mobile sim card, a security source told Youm7.
Meanwhile, North Sinai forces announced killing dozens of militants while attempting to attack a security checkpoint in western Sheikh Zuweid Saturday night, according to Youm7.
Several roadside bombs have detonated targeting 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 has taken 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.