Roadside bomb in Sinai kills 2 Egyptian security forces

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 04 February 2018
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Roadside bomb in Sinai kills 2 Egyptian security forces

EL-ARISH, Egypt: Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb has targeted a pickup truck carrying members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing two.
The officials say the Sunday blast took place on a road just south of the coastal city of El-Arish. Five other members of the security forces and a civilian were wounded in the attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of the extremist Daesh group, now leading a long-running insurgency in Sinai.
The insurgency has expanded and become deadlier since the military’s 2013 ouster of Mohammad Mursi, an Islamist president whose one-year rule proved divisive.


Egypt arrests 24 in demolition protests near pyramids

Updated 7 min 57 sec ago
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Egypt arrests 24 in demolition protests near pyramids

  • Police used tear gas to disperse residents and shopkeepers in the Nazlet el-Samman village
  • Residents reportedly scuffled with police escorting the demolition workers

CAIRO: Egyptian security officials say police have arrested 24 people who tried to prevent authorities from demolishing illegal buildings near the Giza pyramids.
They say police used tear gas to disperse residents and shopkeepers in the Nazlet el-Samman village on Monday after they scuffled with police escorting the demolition workers.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Monday’s violence follows a recent announcement that a private Egyptian company will take charge of running the historical site that includes the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, which are visited by millions every year.
Many of the village’s residents make a living off visitors, hawking souvenirs and offering horse rides. Tourists have long complained of being harassed or overcharged.