Nine Egyptian police conscripts were wounded in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday after a roadside bomb targeted a bus they were traveling in, security officials said.
The officials said that suspected Islamist militants are believed to have been responsible for the blast.
The bomb exploded on the road outside the town of Rafah, on the border with the Gaza Strip, according to the Associated Press.
The bus has reportedly been escorted by an armored car and was set off by remote control, the officials said.
The Egyptian armed forces have launched large scale military operations against militants in Sinai in an attempt to suppress the insurgency which erupted in the peninsula after the army overthrew Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammad Mursi on July 3.
On Sunday, Egypt’s military spokesman Ahmed Ali said the armed forces had seized a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai.
The spokesman also said the army will continue operations in Sinai until “terrorism” is defeated.
“Egypt’s national security has been under a threat because of the situation in Sinai,” Ali said, adding that security will be restored under a development plan in the region.
The military spokesman said the armed forces seized a stock of weapons in Sinai and arrested 309 people involved in recent violence. Two explosive devices under a control tower on the border with Gaza were also found.
“We also seized military uniforms which were used by Hamas,” Ali said.
Ali said the army recently destroyed more than 154 tunnels on the border with Gaza.
Egypt army seizes weapons stockpile in Sinai, says spokesmanEgypt's armed forces have seized a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai, military spokesman Ahmed Ali said on Sunday in a press conference. ... Middle East
Egypt military helicopters hit Sinai militants: SecurityEgyptian military helicopters on Friday carried out air strikes on Islamist militant positions in Sinai, two days after suicide bombers killed six ... Middle East
Militant group claims bombing of Egypt’s intelligence facility in SinaiThe Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has declared responsibility for an explosion that killed six Egyptian soldiers and ... Middle East
Egypt tightens grip on Sinai security, assesses militant threatWhile continuing assaults on militants in Sinai, Egyptian authorities on Monday announced a tightened grip on security it the restive peninsula. The ... Middle East
Egypt military seizes Gaza-linked weapons in SinaiEgypt's military says it has seized caches of weapons in a Sinai operation including a mortar apparently belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad ... Middle East
Sources: Egypt army hits Sinai militants, at least 31 killed, injuredAt least 31 people were killed or injured on Saturday when the Egyptian army mounted a large operation against militants in North Sinai, Reuters ... Middle East
Egypt's Sinai emerges as new theater for jihadAn Egyptian doctor once close to Osama bin Laden is bringing together multiple al-Qaeda-inspired militant groups in Egypt’s Sinai to fight the ... Middle East