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9 injured in bomb explosion in Egypt

Press Trust of India  |  Cairo 

At least nine people, including three security officials were injured today in a roadside bomb in Egypt's restive North Sinai province, officials said.

The incident took place near one of the famous hotels at Al-Bahr street in Al-Arish city, they said.

The roadside bomb went off and hit an armored vehicle carrying police personnel.

Three officers, three conscripts and three civilians suffered injuries, they added.

Ambulances and security officials rushed to the site of the incident and transferred the injured and cordoned the area.

The officials said that the attackers belonged to the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Biet el-Maqdes.

However, no group announced its responsibility of the incident.

North Sinai has witnessed many terrorist attacks since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

The attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule.

The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 22:42 IST