Suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal, fired rocket-propelled grenades at a state satellite station in Cairo, and exploded a car bomb killing three people in South Sinai on Monday, suggesting an Islamist insurgency was gathering pace three months after an army takeover.
Two people were wounded in the attack on the state-owned satellite station while medical sources said three policemen were killed and 48 injured in a blast near a state security building in South Sinai. A witness said it was caused by a car bomb.
Sinai-based militants have stepped up attacks on the security forces since the army takeover and assaults like that in Cairo’s Maadi suburb fuel fears of an Islamist insurgency like one in the 1990s crushed by then President Hosni Mubarak.
“Unidentified people opened fire on a satellite receiver station in the neighborhood of Maadi in Cairo,” the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. Security sources said assailants fired two rocket-propelled grenades at the site.
Security sources said gunmen opened fire on the soldiers in Ismailia while they were sitting in a car at a checkpoint near the city on the Canal, a vital global trade route.