Middle East

Roadside bomb kills police officer, soldier in Egypt

A member of the Egyptian security forces stands guard next to a damaged bus following a roadside bomb blast which wounded 20 Egyptian policemen on the outskirts of the northern Sinai's provincial capital of Al-Arish on July 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ STR

CAIRO: A police officer and a soldier were killed by a roadside bomb in Egypt's northern Sinai peninsula Saturday, security sources said.

The bomb was detonated remotely when the victims' armoured vehicle passed by during a security operation, the sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai has gained pace since the military toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 following mass protests against him.

The militant group staging the insurgency pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province. It is blamed for killing hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police since then.

 

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