Ten Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai car bomb attack

Wednesday 20 November 2013 23.29
Militants have stepped up assaults in the region following the army's ousting of president Mohammed Mursi
Militants have stepped up assaults in the region following the army's ousting of president Mohammed Mursi

Ten Egyptian soldiers have been killed and 35 wounded in a car bomb attack near the North Sinai city of El-Arish.

Militants have stepped up assaults in the region following the army's ousting of Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in July.

The soldiers were traveling in a convoy on the road to the Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
              
A Sinai-based militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said it assassinated a high-ranking security officer in Cairo on Sunday, according to a statement posted on a militant Islamist website.

That group has also said it was behind a failed suicide attack on Egypt's interior minister in September.
              
In a separate incident, three people were wounded in a bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Cairo, state television reported.