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Police officer, conscript killed in blast in Egypt’s N Sinai

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Cairo: An Egyptian police officer and a conscript were today killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the restive North Sinai, where army is combating an Islamist militancy, the interior ministry said. The bomb was planted in Assuit street in North Sinai’s provincial capital Al-Arish city and exploded when their armoured vehicle crossed the area. Three other conscripts were injured, the Ministry said in a statement. The security forces are currently investigating the incident, it said. Egypt’s North Sinai has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January, 2011 revolution that toppled the ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule. Over 600 security personnel have been reported killed since then. The military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses that belong to terrorists, including those facilitating tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip.