Cairo: At least 25 Egyptian soldiers have been killed on Teusday in a car bomb explosion – said to be part of a coordinated wave of attacks. Security sources say the the military post in North Sinai was among several targeted, along with a police station, by suspected Islamist militants.
Witnesses report hearing explosions in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, with many residents fleeing their homes over fears of grenades. A Sinai-based insurgency has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the Egyptian army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule in 2013.
The most active militant group in the region is Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Earlier this week, Egypt’s top public prosecutor was assassinated in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo, raising questions about the country’s ability to contain the insurgency.