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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Egypt: two people killed and eleven injured in a bombing in North Sinai

Security cordons in the city of El-Arish in North Sinai
(Image: Al-Ahram)
Two citizens were killed and eleven were wounded in a bombing that occurred in Northern Sinai city of El-Arish on Monday, 18 April.

An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated when a police van transporting the prisoners was passing by. There are three police conscripts among the wounded.

According the Armed Forces and security forces statements unknown assailants have planted the IED in the El-Khazan area aiming to attack the police van.

The bodies of the killed people and also the wounded citizens were transferred to El-Arish General Hospital, while the wounded conscripts were taken to El-Arish Military Hospital, according to the authorities.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and search for the culprits of an attack is ongoing.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Monday attack yet.

Egypt's North Sinai is witnessing a wave of violence and terrorist attacks targeting mostly security forces and soldiers since the ouster of the Islamist backed President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. The attacks and bombings occur in the region almost daily, as the state Armed Forces launch military and anti-terrorist operations in the restive Sinai Peninsula in order to eliminate terrorism and restore peace and security in the region.