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Two dead, six injured in blast at Egypt's El-Arish police station

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Oct 2015
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File Photo: Armed security forces on the roof guard the police station el-Arish, Egypt after clashing with Islamic militants firing rocket-propelled grenades. (Photo: AP)
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A conscript and a citizen died late Wednesday in a blast that detonated in the North Sinai city of El-Arish, Egypt's interior ministry announced in a statement.

Six other police officers were injured in the explosion of the improvised bomb, the statement read.

The interior ministry statement explained that the bomb was planted by "unknown assailants" near a police station in El-Arish city.

It also highlighted that the citizen who died was a passerby in front of the police station.

The explosion took place hours after the military announced that the army's air forces destroyed three vehicles transporting arms and ammunition.

This incident comes a week after the Egyptian army announced that it has begun the second stage of the "Martyr’s Right" operation, which aims at rooting out militants in North Sinai's El-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, and Rafah cities. 

In the first phase, Egypt's army announced the killing of over 500 militants and the destruction of various “terrorist” hideouts during the first phase's 16 days of operation in the three cities mentioned. 

The second phase will witness developmental projects in the three cities.

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