Six civilians killed in violence in Egypt

At least Six persons, including three children, were killed on Saturday in a bomb blast and shelling on a power station and house in Egypt's restive North Sinai where troops are fighting with Islamic State militants.

Cairo: At least Six persons, including three children, were killed on Saturday in a bomb blast and shelling on a power station and house in Egypt's restive North Sinai where troops are fighting with Islamic State militants.

Two children and a woman were killed after a shell fell on their house in a village in Sheikh Zuweid city, which featured deadly fighting earlier this week between militants and army forces, the sources added.

A 13-year old girl and a woman were injured in the incident.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb targeting police and army vehicles killed a five-year-old child in the town of Rafah that borders the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

Three other children and a woman were also wounded in the blast.

In another incident, two civilians were killed and one person injured in an explosion that took place after a mortar shell hit a power station in North Sinai.

The station generates power to Sheikh Zwied, Rafah, some areas in east Al-Arish and the power line that leads to Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, the government launched airstrikes against militants in retaliation to a wave of simultaneous suicide attacks on army checkpoints in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 70 people, mostly soldiers, in the biggest assault and triggering a massive retaliatory strike by the military using troops and F-16s.

According to reports, 205 militants have been killed in army raids in the past three days since the bloody attack in North Sinai. 

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