CAIRO Four Egyptian soldiers had been killed in an explosion that hit their armored motor vehicle on Saturday in the northern Sinai peninsula, wherever the governing administration is battling an Islamic Point out-led insurgency, security resources reported.
The incident occurred about twenty km (twelve miles) south of the Mediterranean city of al-Arish.
An insurgency in Egypt’s rugged Sinai region has obtained pace because the military toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement, pursuing mass protests against his rule in mid-2013.
The revolt, mounted by Islamic State’s Egyptian branch, has killed hundreds of soldiers and police. Militants have also started out to assault Western targets within the state.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the previous military services chief who led Mursi’s overthrow, describes Islamist militancy as an existential threat to Egypt, an ally of the United States.
On Thursday, 10 soldiers had been killed in the Sinai peninsula when their vehicles had been hit by two improvised bombs all through an operation in which 15 suspected militants had been also killed, the military reported. Two policemen had been killed around al-Arish in a separate incident, the interior ministry reported.
(Reporting by Yusry Mohamed and Mohamed Abdellah Modifying by Dominic Evans and Helen Popper)