CAIRO (AP) – A roadside bomb explosion struck an army vehicle in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, killing an army captain and a soldier, Egypt’s military spokesman said.
The spokesman Brig Gen Mohammed Samir said on his official Facebook page Friday that another soldier was injured in Thursday’s explosion near the city of el-Arish.
The militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks in Sinai.
Meanwhile Egypt’s state news agency MENA said police exchanged fire with three gunmen in the eastern Cairo neighbourhood of al-Salam on Thursday, killing two of them while three policemen and two passers-by were injured. The third gunman fled.
MENA said the three gunmen refused to stop their car at a police checkpoint.
A video message posted by the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis Friday on a militant website affiliated to the Islamic State group showed four Egyptians identifying themselves by their names and confessing they collaborated with the Egyptian army. The four were later shown being shot and killed one after the other by a jihadi. The group had already posted videos showing similar executions of suspected collaborators.
The video also showed jihadis checking identities of passengers and drivers along what it said was the international road between el-Arish and Rafah.
The authenticity of the video could not be verified. Last month, an Egyptian court designated the Islamic State group and all its affiliates as terrorist organisations and banned them from the country.