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.

AFP| Updated: Dec 26, 2014, 04:17 AM IST

 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.