CAIRO (Ma’an) -- An Egyptian army officer was killed on Sunday afternoon after the military vehicle he was in hit an explosive device in Rafah in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that an armored military vehicle was on an explosive-detection mission in Rafah when it hit the explosive device.
The sources identified the victim as Ahmad Qurani Yousif, 21, from the district of Beni Suef in central Egypt. His body was taken to a military hospital in the city of al-Arish.
Egyptian military and police forces have been the target of ongoing attacks, which have increased since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi took power from democratically-elected Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
Sisi has come under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which he has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.
According to Egyptian media, al-Sisi earlier this month extended the state of emergency in northern Sinai for an additional three months, effective July 29. A curfew has been imposed on the region and renewed every three months since 2014.