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Officials: Militant killed by own bomb in Egypt

EL-ARISH - A suspected member of an al-Qaeda-inspired group has been killed by his own roadside bomb in the country's restive Sinai Peninsula, security officials in Egypt said Sunday.

 

According to officials, the militant's father lost an arm in the blast Saturday. Both men are members of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has
been blamed for some of the bloodiest attacks in Egypt in recent years. Their assaults increased dramatically after the overthrow of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July.

 

The officials said the two were trying to plant the bomb on a road frequently used by the army. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief journalists. (AP)