CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian security official says a roadside bomb struck a passing armored vehicle in the northeastern Sinai Peninsula, killing two soldiers.
The official says the explosion took place Tuesday near the village of al-Kharouba, near the border with the Gaza Strip, as army forces were patrolling the area searching for Islamic militants. Six more soldiers were injured and remain in serious condition, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Northeastern Sinai is a longtime hotbed of Islamic insurgency. The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against Egyptian security forces and recently pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State group.