Two suicide car bombs struck security targets in North Sinai, killing at least six people, as the military pressed an offensive in the volatile region, security officials and state media said.
The explosions in the town of Rafah, along the border with the Gaza Strip, took place near the military intelligence building and a security checkpoint, the state-run Middle East News Agency said. Six soldiers were killed in the attacks carried out by "terrorist elements," the Facebook page of military spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Ali said. The bombings come after Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survived a Sept. 5 attack by suspected militants on his convoy in Cairo.
Ali Azzazi, head of criminal investigations in North Sinai, and MENA described the attacks as suicide car bombings. At least 17 people, including seven civilians, were injured, MENA said, adding one of the blasts destroyed the main gate of the intelligence building and damaged outside walls.