Egyptian soldiers die as bombs hit, Sinai, Cairo

Egyptian miltary trcuks loaded with light tanks line up in el-Arish ahead of an operation to restore security in northern Sinai on August 9, 2012 (AFP/File)

(AFP) Cairo — A bomb attack in Egypt’s restive Sinai killed 10 soldiers and another blast struck police in Cairo Wednesday, amid a wave of unrest following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s July ouster.

Deadly car bomb attack on military convoy (AFP)

The 10 soldiers were killed when a car bomb exploded next to an army bus in the Sinai peninsula, where Islamists have carried out scores of attacks on security forces in recent months, the army said.

In a separate incident, assailants hurled an explosive device at a checkpoint in northern Cairo, wounding four police including a major, who was struck by shrapnel in his face and back, security sources said.

The military said that 35 others were wounded, some critically, in the North Sinai attack, in which a car packed with explosives detonated as the bus drove by near the regional capital El-Arish.

The Sinai bombing was the deadliest in the region bordering Gaza and Israel since an August 19 ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the North Sinai town of Rafah.

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