Eight killed, 27 wounded in Egypt's Sinai attacks

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Published 14.07.2014 13:19
Eight killed, 27 wounded in Egypt's Sinai attacks

Eight people, including a child, were killed and 27 others wounded in a series of attacks late Sunday in North Sinai province.

In a statement, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said a mortar shell had hit the market area in the provincial capital Arish, killing seven people, including a child, and wounding 25 others.

It did not, however, elaborate on the identities of the deceased nor who had fired the mortar shell.

Meanwhile, one soldier was killed and two others injured in a rocket attack on a security camp in Arish late Sunday, according to the state-run news agency.

Sinai has recently seen an unprecedented spike in militant attacks on security forces, leaving dozens of security personnel dead.

The Egyptian army is already engaged in a wide-ranging military operation in Sinai, launched last September with the stated aim of countering militant attacks.

The security situation in Sinai has deteriorated following the army's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi last July.

In recent years, the parched peninsula has become a hotbed for militants.


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