Militants launch second attack Friday in North Sinai, 3 dead

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Oct 2014

Three security personnel killed at checkpoint in Al-Arish just hours after 27 soldiers die in a car bomb attack in Sheikh Zuweid

Egyptian army personnel guard
File Photo: Egyptian army personnel guard the road just outside Rafah, Egypt (Photo: AP)

Three members of the Egyptian security forces were killed in an attack by militants in North Sinai on Friday afternoon, just hours after a car bomb killed 27 soldiers in the region, Aswat Masriya reported.

A security source said militants opened fire at a checkpoint in Al-Arish in North Sinai. It is unclear if the latest dead are soldiers or police.

Early Friday afternoon, 27 army personnel were killed and another 30 injured when a car bomb exploded at the Karm Alkwadis security checkpoint in Sheikh Zuweid, North Sinai.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will hold a meeting with the National Defence Council on Friday evening to discuss the latest developments in Sinai, a presidential spokesperson said.

Over 40 security personnel have been killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula this week, including the two attacks on Friday. 

An insurgency by jihadist groups in the peninsula has become more active since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Hundreds of police and soldiers, as well as militants, have been killed.

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