CAIRO: Three police personnel and a civilian were injured Friday evening after a roadside bomb exploded near an armored vehicle in North Sinai’s town or Arish, Youm7 reported a medical official at Arish Hospital.
Ahmed Mostafa al-Yamani, a 26 years old police officer was injured by shrapnel in his stomach, while two police conscripts Mohamed Hussein Shawki, 20, and Mahmoud Rashad Mahmoud, 23, suffer fractures. A civilian, called Abdel-Magid Hassan was injured by shrapnel in the nick, the official added.
There has been no claim of responsibility thus far for the attack. However, initial investigations indicate that the militant Islamic State affiliate in Egypt, which took North Sinai a footing, could be responsible for the attack. Surveillance cameras on the Arish international road are being examined to get more information about the attackers, the official continued.
All roads leading to the site of the attack has been closed and the security forces are combing the area, the official said.
Last week, a police officer and a conscript were killed after their armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Arish.
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, although the armed forces have launched several military campaigns targeting the militants.
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.