CAIRO (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian officer and a soldier were killed, while four others were injured on Tuesday after an armored security vehicle was targeted by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fired from the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province group.
Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that the two were killed by the RPG after the Sinai Province group fired the device at their vehicle when it was behind the Sheikh Zuweid police station in southern Egypt.
Lieutenant Muhammad Ali, 25, and another unidentified soldier were killed while four other soldiers were injured and taken to the al-Arish military hospital.
The killings came a day following an attack by the Egyptian army on the Sinai Province
which reportedly killed 19 gunmen believed to be affiliated with the group, after airstrikes hit more than 30 of the group’s bunkers and hideouts on Monday afternoon as part of a wider crackdown on the group by Egyptian forces.
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.
The Egyptian president came under attack following his violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood members following his rise to power, which Sisi has argued is necessary to deter future attacks in the Sinai and across Egypt.
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the militant group responsible for a majority of attacks on military personnel, aligned with the Islamic State (ISIS) group in November 2014, changing its name to Sinai Province.