A car bomb has exploded in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing one military officer. Security officials believe the bombing targeted members of Egypt’s security forces.
The blast, which occurred on Sunday just south of the coastal city of el-Arish, also wounded four conscripts.
While no one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, the attack does seem to carry the trademark signature of Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate, which is the leading insurgency group in Sinai.
Officials said Egyptian forces clashed with Islamic militants following the attack, killing several of them. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to speak to the press.
In February, Egypt launched a security operation against Islamic militants, mainly focussing on Sinai, although the crack-down did extend to other parts of the country, according to AP.