Cairo - Two bomb attacks on Wednesday targeted Egypt's army
in the restive Sinai peninsula, where the military is engaged in a campaign to
quell an insurgency, security officials said.
"A large explosion" targeted the military intelligence
headquarters in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip, one official said.
Witnesses said the powerful blast shattered the windows of
other buildings in the Imam Ali area in Rafah where the military building is
Minutes later, a second explosion hit an army checkpoint
nearby. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The attacks come just days after an Al-Qaeda inspired group
in the peninsula claimed credit for a Cairo bombing that targeted the interior
minister last week, pledging more attacks.
The military has poured troops and armour into Sinai to
crush an insurgency that surged after the army overthrew Islamist president
Mohammed Morsi on 3 July.
A subsequent crackdown on Islamists by authorities left
In its statement, the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group - Partisans
of Jerusalem in English - had blamed interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim and
army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the killings of hundreds of Morsi's
"We call on all Muslims in Egypt to stay away from all
military and interior ministry installations to preserve their lives," the