One security officer and seven others were defeated in two successive explosions around security areas in Egypt’s Sinai region, near the border with Israel, the Interior Ministry and security officials alleged.
Egypt has been hit by an Islamist insurgency led by Sinai-based militants, who have mainly targeted security forces since last year’s army ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been obliterated in those attempts
The Interior Ministry said seven people were voted out and about 25 others were wounded in an explosion.
Security sources said the rocket was targeting North Sinai’s main security compound, but instead drop in front of a nearby crowded supermarket in the Sinai’s northern city of Al-Arish.
A few minutes afterwards, two rockets off a security unit in the same city, shooting down an officer and wounding seven others, medical sources stated.
The army ousted Mursi last July after mass protests against his rule. The movement was accompanied by a crackdown on Islamists in which hundreds of street protesters were shot down and thousands of Islamist leaders and militants were put behind bars.
Egypt’s newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who orchestrated Mursi’s overthrow, has promised to fight what he calls terrorism and restore stability to the Arab world’s most populous nation.