Sinai landmine kills 3 soldiers

2015-03-09 19:11

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Al-Arish - Three Egyptian soldiers died on Monday when their armoured car hit a landmine placed on a key highway in the Sinai Peninsula, a security official said.

Security forces in the remote peninsula are fighting jihadist insurgents who have pledged allegiance to Islamic State (Isis), calling themselves its Sinai Province.

In January a co-ordinated gun, bomb and rocket attack by the group on security bases in North Sinai's provincial capital al-Arish killed at least 40 members of the security forces.

In recent months authorities have evacuated residents to create a kilometre-deep buffer zone along the Gaza border.

Monday's casualties come a day after one person was killed and nine injured in a series of bombings on a shopping centre and police stations in the northern city of Alexandria.

A recent spate of attacks on commercial targets, involving small devices and causing limited casualties, has come as authorities prepare to host a major investment conference in the heavily secured southern Sinai resort of Sharm al-Sheikh.

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported that 300 workers found without police clearance had been expelled from the resort town after a security sweep ahead of the conference's opening session on Friday.

The government has been promoting the conference, in which Gulf investors are expected to play a major role, as a key step in the country's economic recovery.

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