Fifteen policemen wounded in Egypt’s Sinai

Roadside blast wounds 15 policemen in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Fifteen policemen were wounded on Thursday after a roadside bomb exploded in Egypt’s Sinai province, the latest in a wave of violence in the restive region, health and security officials said.

A bus carrying policemen was targeted by a group of militants in the provincial capital Al Arish, with a bomb detonated by remote control, security officials said.

The gunmen are claimed to be affiliated with a militant group, Ansar Beit al Maqdis.

The group has recently stepped up its attacks, targeting Egyptian security forces.

On June 1, Sinai witnessed a bloody rampage by the group through the town of Sheikh Zuwaid in an attack that killed more than 100 people.

On June 4, the group announced that they fired three rockets into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula.

The militant group declared allegiance to ISIS last year.

TRTWorld and agencies