One civilian killed, two injured in IED explosion in North Sinai's Al-Arish

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Jan 2017

One civilian was killed and two were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the North Sinai city of Al-Arish on Monday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported, citing medical sources.

According to Al-Ahram, the IED was planted in piles of garbage on Ahmed Oraby Street in the city's center.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes a day after Egyptian police said they were able to kill a leading figure in the terrorist group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis during a house raid in Al-Arish.

In a separate incident, a security source told Al-Ahram that unknown gunmen seized on Monday a general tax authority car at gunpoint in the North Sinai city.

The security source said the car was taken to an unknown location.

They added that security forces were currently combing the area to arrest the culprits.

Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war over the past three years against an Islamist militant insurgency in North Sinai that has seen hundreds of security personnel, as well as hundreds of militants killed.

Last week, two separate terrorist attacks on checkpoints in North Sinai killed eight policemen and one civilian and injured 11 policemen and 10 civilians.

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