Egypt officials: 2 security forces killed in Sinai blast

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian officials say a roadside bomb has killed two members of the security forces in the restive northern Sinai province.

The explosion hit their armored vehicle Saturday in Rafa, a town on the border with the Gaza Strip. Two other security force members were wounded.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to reporters.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egypt has for years been battling an insurgency in northern Sinai that's now led by an Islamic State group affiliate.

The fighting intensified in 2013 after the military overthrew the country's elected but divisive Islamist president.

Last week, Egypt's military said at least 83 militants have been killed in the past five weeks in northern and central Sinai.