Blast in Egypt's Sinai kills four soldiers, injures 12

At least 4 Egyptian soldiers killed and 12 others injured in blast which targeted armoured vehicle in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A member of the Egyptian security forces stands guard next to a damaged bus following a roadside bomb blast which wounded 20 Egyptian policemen on the outskirts of the northern Sinai's provincial capital of Al-Arish on July 9, 2015

Updated Jan 28, 2016

Medical and security sources said on Wednesday that at least four Egyptian army soldiers were killed and 12 injured in the Sinai Peninsula after an armoured personnel carrier exploded on the outskirts of the city of Arish.

Unidentified militants planted an improvised explosive device on the road and later remotely detonated it as the vehicle conducted a search operation, the sources said.

Egypt's official military spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Since Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi was deposed in July 2013, Sinai has faced a wave of violence, marking the rise of Wilayet Sinai, a DAESH affiliate based in the country's Sinai Province.

Wilayet Sinai has killed hundreds of members of the Egyptian Army and police personnel while the Egyptian government has continued to jail and try hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters since 2013.

The Egyptian government, headed by president and former army general Abdel Fattah el Sisi, does not differentiate between the Brotherhood and more hardline violent groups like Wilayet Sinai.

With thousands of Brotherhood members and supporters either killed or jailed, the government is still struggling to gain control of the torn Sinai Peninsula crippled by the militant groups.

TRTWorld, Reuters