4 women injured in Rafah explosion

Monday 27-10-2014 09:18 PM
4 women injured in Rafah explosion

NORTH SINAI, Oct 27 (Aswat Masriya) - Four women were "seriously" injured in an explosion south of Rafah in Egypt's North Sinai on Monday evening.

The injured women were taken to the Sheikh Zuweid Hospital before they were moved to al-Arish Public Hospital, security sources told state-run news agency MENA.

Militants have stepped up attacks targeting security forces in Egypt, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, since the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, which followed mass protests against his rule. 

A fact-sheet prepared by Egypt's ministry of foreign affairs put the death toll for terrorism acts which took place since January 2011 and until April 2014 at 971, including 664 security personnel. The death toll has significantly risen since then.

At least 30 military personnel were killed in a suicide blast which targeted a security checkpoint in Sheikh Zuweid on Friday, in the worst militant attack since Mursi's ouster. The explosion also caused damage to two military vehicles. 

Shortly afterwards, a separate attack by unidentified gunmen on a security checkpoint in Arish killed three more security personnel.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency and a nighttime curfew in parts of the Sinai Peninsula in response to the deadly attacks.

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