Four people, including a judge, were killed in two bombings that targeted a hotel in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to the Interior Ministry.
In a statement, the ministry said a suicide bomber had attempted to drive an explosive-laden car into a hotel housing a number of judges — tasked with overseeing Egypt’s just-concluded parliamentary polls — in the North Sinai city of Arish.
According to the ministry statement, security forces opened fire on the car causing it to explode.
Another suicide attacker blew himself up after being prevented by security guards from entering the hotel, the ministry added.
According to the ministry, four people – a judge, two policemen and a civilian – were killed in the twin attacks.
Another 12 people, including two judges, were injured, the ministry said.
A security source had earlier told Anadolu Agency that four people, including a judge, had been killed in Tuesday’s attacks, for which no group has yet claimed responsibility.
Since the ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 military coup, the northern Sinai Peninsula has become the epicenter of a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security personnel.
In recent months, the “Province of Sinai” militant group — said to be linked to the Daesh organization — has claimed responsibility for a spate of deadly attacks on Egyptian security forces deployed on the volatile peninsula.
on Egyptian security forces deployed on the volatile peninsula.