Egyptian military HQ in Sinai bombed, three dead


Thu, Sep 12, 2013 - Page 6

A suicide bomber yesterday rammed his explosives-laden car into the Egyptian military’s intelligence headquarters in a border town in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing at least three soldiers and wounding 20 people, security officials said.

The attack in Rafah nudged the violence in the strategic peninsula closer to a full-blown insurgency, compounding Egypt’s woes at a time when the country is struggling to regain political and economic stability more than two years since former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an uprising.

Yesterday’s bomber drove into the one-story building at high speed, collapsing the entire building and burying an unspecified number of troops under the rubble, security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

At least 12 soldiers and eight civilians were wounded in the bombing.

Simultaneously, militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at an army checkpoint close to the intelligence building, the officials said.

Militants in Sinai have been targeting Egyptian forces for months. Their attacks have become more frequent and deadly since the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically president, Mohamed Morsi, in July.

Earlier this week, the Egyptian military launched a major offensive against the militants in the northern region of Sinai.