Roadside explosion in Sinai kills four Egyptian policemen

A second blast hits another armoured vehicle that came for rescue after the first blast

19:14 July 17, 2017

ESMAILIA, Egypt: Four Egyptian policemen were killed and six wounded on Monday by two roadside explosives in the restive Sinai Peninsula, security sources said.

The four policemen were killed in the city of Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, when their armoured vehicle drove past a roadside bomb, the sources said, and three others were wounded.

Another armoured vehicle rushed to the scene only for a second roadside explosive to go off, injuring three policemen.

Militants planted the explosives and detonated them remotely once the vehicles drove by, the sources said.

There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Egypt faces an insurgency led by Daesh in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013, when the military removed Islamist president Mohammad Mursi after mass protest.

Daesh has also increasingly carried out attacks in the mainland on security forces and Coptic Christian civilians in recent months, killing around 100 Copts since December.

Military jets have been carrying out air strikes in areas east of Arish and south of the border town of Shaikh Zuweid.

At least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide car bombs tore through two military checkpoints in North Sinai on Friday, an attack claimed by Daesh that marked one of the bloodiest assaults on security forces in years.