Egyptian border guards patrol near the border with Israel in North Sinai city of Rafah, Egypt, August, 2013 (Photo: AP)
An 18-year-old university student was killed, and seven others were injured Monday when an explosive device detonated on Al-Bahr street in North Sinai's Al-Arish, state news agency MENA reported.
Security sources said the bomb, which was placed by militants, was targeting security forces. The victims happened to be passing by when the bomb went off.
The ages of those injured range from early teens to mid-twenties.
The seven injured sustained fractures and bruises. Five are at the Intensive Care Unit at Al-Arish public hospital where they will undergo surgery.
Egypt's army has been fighting a militant insurgency in North Sinai that has lead to the death of hundreds of Egyptian security forces and militants.