A convoy of Egyptian armoured vehicles head along a road in El-Arish on the Sinai Peninsula, on August 13, 2011
A convoy of Egyptian armoured vehicles head along a road in El-Arish on the Sinai Peninsula, on August 13, 2011 © - AFP/File
A convoy of Egyptian armoured vehicles head along a road in El-Arish on the Sinai Peninsula, on August 13, 2011
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Last updated: December 26, 2014

Bomb kills two Egyptian troops in Sinai

A roadside bomb struck an Egyptian army vehicle late Thursday killing an officer and a soldier in the insurgent flashpoint of the Sinai Peninsula, security officials said.

The attack occurred south of the town of El-Arish, scene of frequent attacks by Islamist militants on security forces.

One army officer and a soldier were killed in the blast, while another soldier was wounded.

Egypt's military has been battling an insurgency on the peninsula since it overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year and cracked down on his supporters.

The government declared a state of emergency in parts of North Sinai after an October 24 suicide attack near El-Arish killed 30 soldiers in the deadliest assault on security forces since Morsi's ouster.

Militant groups claim their attacks are in retaliation for a government crackdown targeting Morsi's supporters that has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.

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