Four Egyptian soldiers killed by explosion in Sinai

March 25, 2017 2:51 pm

Egyptian soldiers stand guard at a strategic site in ’s Sinai. (File photo)

Four Egyptian soldiers were
killed in an explosion that hit their armored vehicle on Saturday in the
northern Sinai Peninsula, where the government is battling a Daesh-led
insurgency, security sources said.

The incident occurred about 20 km (12 miles) south of the Mediterranean town of al-Arish.
An
insurgency in Egypt’s rugged Sinai region has gained pace since the
army toppled President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood,
following mass protests against his rule in mid-2013.
The revolt,
mounted by Daesh’s Egyptian branch, has killed hundreds of soldiers and
police. Militants have also started to attack Western targets within the
country.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former
chief who led Morsi’s overthrow, describes militancy as an existential
threat to Egypt, an ally of the United States.
On Thursday, 10
soldiers were killed in the Sinai Peninsula when their vehicles were hit
by two improvised bombs during an operation in which 15 suspected
militants were also killed, the army said. Two policemen were killed
near al-Arish in a separate incident, the interior ministry said.

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