Mosque in Arish bombed amid military clashes with militants
Explosion - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A mosque used by the military as a control tower in Arish was bombed Tuesday, a source at the Endowment Ministry branch in North Sinai told Youm7.

The bombing left no casualties, as the staff of the mosque received death threats; hence the authorities decided that work and prayer at the mosque be stopped, the source said.

The mosque was built on 300 square meters by charity donations and was a “religious and cultural spot” in the area, the source added.

The mosque was severely damaged after suspected militants surrounded it with explosive devices, and some neighboring homes of civilians were also damaged.

Five military forces were killed and five others were injured after two roadside bombs exploded in a passing convoy in Arish of North Sinai Tuesday morning, amid a military campaign that was launched against militants in the restive peninsula.

Meanwhile, the security forces killed 16 militants in North Sinai over the past two days, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement Monday evening.

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