Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Egyptian Security Forces In Sinai

An Egyptian army officer and a soldier have been killed after a roadside bomb struck an army vehicle in the volatile Sinai Peninsula.

According to Egyptian security officials, the attack occurred south of the town of el-Arish in northern Sinai on Thursday.

Another soldier was injured in the blast, unidentified officials said.

A state of emergency has been declared in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula since two militant attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints killed at least 30 soldiers in October.

Residents living along the border between northern Sinai and the besieged Gaza Strip have been ordered to relocate. The Egyptian army is also razing over 800 houses in the area to create a wider buffer zone with Gaza.

The Egyptian military considers the Sinai Peninsula a safe haven for gunmen, who use the region as a base for their “acts of terror.”

Since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s former president, on July 3 last year, gunmen have launched almost daily attacks on Sinai, killing members of security forces.