Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians in Egypt's Sinai

2015-05-13 15:41

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Cairo - A roadside bomb killed three civilians on Wednesday in the Sinai Peninsula where Egyptian forces are fighting an Islamist insurgency, police and medics said.

Jihadists regularly attack security forces in the region in retaliation for a bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Three passers-by were killed when the roadside bomb went off south of the town of Rafah, which borders the Palestinian Gaza Strip, a police officer said.

The area is a bastion of the jihadist group Sinai Province, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

The organisation has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Officials say hundreds of Egyptian policemen and soldiers have been killed in jihadist attacks, including in Cairo, since the army overthrew Morsi in 2013.

A police crackdown targeting Morsi supporters, meanwhile, has left more than 1 400 people dead and thousands imprisoned.

Hundreds have also been sentenced to death after speedy mass trials, which the United Nations says is "unprecedented in recent history".

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