Sinai suicide bomber kills 4 soldiers in Egypt
10 October 2013, 20:28
Cairo - A suicide bomber rammed his car into an army
checkpoint in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing four
soldiers, security officials said.
Another three soldiers were wounded in the attack on the
Al-Reesa checkpoint just south of North Sinai's main town of El-Arish, the
Attacks on the army and police have increased since the
army's 3 July ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi and a subsequent
crackdown on his supporters and members of his Muslim Brotherhood.
Militants have launched a series of brazen attacks this
week, after at least 57 people were killed in clashes between security forces
and Morsi supporters on Sunday, most of them in Cairo.
On Monday, three people were killed and around 50 wounded
when a car bomb exploded outside a security building in Al-Tur, the capital of
In the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, gunmen killed six
soldiers in an attack on an army patrol.
And in Cairo, unknown assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades
at communication satellite dishes, damaging one.
Morsi, who ruled as Egypt's first democratically elected
president for just one year, was overthrown in July by the military with
massive popular support.
Since then, the army-installed authorities have carried out
a massive crackdown on Morsi supporters.
Hundreds were killed when security forces dispersed
pro-Morsi protest camps in August, and at least 2 000 Muslim Brotherhood
members are behind bars.
The United States on Wednesday suspended deliveries of major
military hardware and cash assistance to Egypt to signal deep concern over the
mounting bloodshed and lack of a democratic transition.
But Washington will keep up assistance "to help secure
Egypt's borders" and bolster "counterterrorism and proliferation, and
ensure security in the Sinai", State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki