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Egyptian official: Roadside bomb kills officer during raid in restive Sinai Peninsula


EL-ARISH, Egypt — An Egyptian army official says an armored military vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a raid on militant hideouts in northern Sinai Peninsula and the explosion killed one officer and wounded another.

The official says Thursday's bombing took place in the town of Sheik Zweid. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militant attacks, mainly targeting Egyptian security forces, have spiked since the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi following massive protests against his rule. Recently, there has been a surge in attacks against troops and installations in Sinai and elsewhere.

On Sunday, at least 14 people, most of them soldiers, were killed in a wave of attacks in northern Sinai. And on Wednesday, two military cadets were killed in another attack in a Nile Delta city.

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