Created on Saturday, 27 December 2014 13:04
Written by Staff Arutz Sheva
A roadside bomb struck an Egyptian army vehicle late Thursday, killing an officer and a soldier in the insurgent flashpoint of the Sinai Peninsula, security officials said, according to the AFP news agency.
The attack occurred south of the town of El-Arish, scene of frequent attacks by Islamist terrorists on security forces.
One army officer and a soldier were killed in the blast, while another soldier was wounded.
Egypt's military has been battling an insurgency on the peninsula since it overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year and cracked down on his supporters.
Most of the attacks have been claimed by Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, the country's deadliest terrorist group which has pledged allegiance
to the Islamic State group (ISIS).
The government declared a state of emergency
in parts of North Sinai after an October 24 suicide attack near El-Arish killed 30 soldiers in the deadliest assault on security forces since Morsi's ouster.
Egypt has been forming a “buffer zone”
alongside the border with Gaza in response to the October attack, claiming it was aided by none other than Gaza’s Hamas rulers.