Bomb in Egypt's North Sinai kills five soldiers

Two of the soldiers killed in the blast were officers, sources said.

By Reuters

Published: Sun 12 Apr 2015, 4:04 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:55 PM

Ismailia, Egypt: A bomb targeting an armoured military vehicle killed five soldiers and wounded three others near the town of Sheikh Zuweid in Egypt's North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, a region beset by militant violence.

North Sinai is the epicentre of an insurgency that has killed hundreds of members of the security services since mid-2013, when then army chief Abdel Fatah Al Sisi ousted president Mohammed Mursi after mass protests against his rule.

Two of the soldiers killed in the blast were officers, the sources said.

It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attack. An Egyptian militant group allied with Daesh has claimed responsibility for other deadly attacks on soldiers in the Sinai.

The Egyptian group renamed itself Sinai Province last year after swearing allegiance to Daesh, the hardline militant group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, drawing US-led airstrikes.

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