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Egypt Officials: Bomb Kills 1 Police, Wounds 3 in Sinai

Egypt Officials: Bomb Kills 1 Police, Wounds 3 in Sinai

Friday, 22 January, 2021 - 07:45
Egyptian policemen stand guarding at a checkpoint on a road leading to the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish. (AFP)

ISIS has blown up a roadside bomb in the restive northern Sinai peninsula, killing one member of Egypt's security forces and wounding three others, medical and security officials said late Thursday.

The explosion at dawn Thursday was triggered by a remote-controlled device that targeted an armored vehicle.

It was carrying forces on a patrol mission along the Mediterranean coast of the town of Sheikh Zuweid, said the officials, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to brief the media.

ISIS has posted a statement on a militant-affiliated website claiming responsibility for the attack, The Associated Press reported.

Egypt has been battling an ISIS-led insurgency in Sinai since the ousting of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Militants have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces and minority Christians.

The fighting has so far not expanded into the southern end of the peninsula, where popular Red Sea tourist resorts are located.

In February 2018, the military launched a massive operation in Sinai that also encompassed parts of the Nile Delta and deserts along the country’s western border with Libya. Since then, the pace of ISIS attacks in Sinai’s north has diminished.

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