Egyptian soldiers killed, wounded in Sinai blast

Ten soldiers have been killed or wounded in a blast targeting an armoured vehicle in North Sinai province northeastern Egypt, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement.

Egyptian army spokesman Tamer al-Refai did not specify how many of the ten were killed or wounded, but he pointed out that they included two officers and eight soldiers.

“The armed forces stress the continuation of their combat operations against terrorist elements to maintain the security and stability of the nation,” Refai said in the brief statement.

Most terrorist attacks in Egypt over the past few years were claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the Islamic State regional group.

However, no group immediately claimed responsibility for this attack, which occurred during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Since former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013, Egypt has been fighting a wave of terrorist activities that have claimed the lives of hundreds of policemen.

Egypt has been fighting a wave of terrorist activities that killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the later security crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group.

In February 2018, Egyptian security forces launched a nationwide operation against fighters, mainly focused on the North Sinai region.

According to army figures. more than 845 suspected fighters have been killed in the region along with more than 60 security personnel.