Mine blast kills four soldiers in Egypt's Sinai

Four army soldiers killed, four others wounded in mine expolosion in Egypt’s Sinai

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A tank parked outside a military check point in northern Sinai, May 25, 2015

Mine explosion killed four soldiers and wounded four others in northern Sinai, Egypt on Tuesday, a security source said in a statement.The bodies of those killed and wounded soldiers were transferred to the Central Hospital of Rafah.

The sources said the landmine exploded as armoured vehicles that belonged to the security forces drove on mines that were planted on the road.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

Security forces stated that they are examining the area to prevent further mine explosions.

Since Egypt’s former President Mohamed Morsi was toppled with a military coup led by former army general Abdel Fattah el Sisi in 2013, northern Sinai often witnessed a deadly wave of violence, bolstering the rise of Wilayet Sinai, a DAESH affiliate based in the country’s Sinai Province.

On November, the group claimed responsibility of two suicide attacks in Arish. The attacks killed five people including two judges.

The Egyptian government 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 insurgency.

TRTWorld and agencies