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7 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Egypt’s Sinai

7 Killed in Suicide Bombing in Egypt’s Sinai

Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 - 17:30
Seven people were killed in an ISIS suicide bombing in Sinai. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Seven people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, announced the Interior Ministry.

The ministry said in a statement that the bomber attacked police forces, killing four, who were inspecting a market in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, wounding another 26 people.

The attacker was around 15 years old, the ministry said, and a six-year-old was among the dead.

The head of investigations in the town and his assistant were among those killed, three security sources said.

A local affiliate of the ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt has battled terrorists for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, striking minority Christians and tourists.

The militants grew deadlier and their attacks more frequent after the overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013. However, an all-out campaign by the military since early 2018 has brought high-profile attacks by the militants to a halt.

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