At least 2 Egyptian soldiers, one an officer, were killed by an explosion as they tried to defuse a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula Saturday, a military statement said.
It said that a third officer was wounded in the blast.
The armed forces were combing regions for active terrorists when they found a planted explosive device that blew up while they were defusing it, “killing an officer, a solider and injuring a noncommissioned,” the spokesman said.
The tragic incident took place at Karm al-Qawadis area in Sheikh Zuweid city, where systematic militant attacks killed over 30 soldiers back in 2014.
The Islamic State group’s Egyptian branch is waging an insurgency in the restive peninsula that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen since the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
The jihadist group has said it caused the crash of a Russian passenger plane carrying holidaymakers over Sinai last October, killing all 224 people on board.
It said it had smuggled a bomb on board the plane at a south Sinai resort airport.
Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militant group, which has changed its name to “Sinai State” and vowed loyalty to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group, has claimed responsibility for most of the anti-government attacks nationwide.
– AfricanQuarters, AFP