x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Sinai car bomb wounds three

Three civilians were wounded in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Sunday in a car bombing that targeted a bus carrying soldiers.

CAIRO // A car bomb targeting a bus carrying Egyptian soldiers wounded three civilians in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, security officials said.

An explosives-laden car was detonated by remote control near government buildings in the town of Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza strip, they said.

The blast went off around 10 metres from the bus transporting soldiers who were on leave.

Militants have stepped up attacks on Egyptian security forces in north Sinai since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July, killing scores of soldiers and policemen.

The Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al Maqdis (Defenders of Jerusalem) has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Egypt since Mr Morsi’s overthrow.

Analysts say the group is inspired by Al Qaeda, but Egyptian security officials claim it is derived from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, to which Mr Morsi belongs.

The army has poured troops in the mountainous and underdeveloped peninsula to combat the growing militancy.

* Agence France-Presse