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Rocket-propelled grenade hits bus in Sinai, kills 3 workers, hurts 16

July 15, 2013 at 5:40 AM   |   Comments

CAIRO, July 15 (UPI) -- A rocket-propelled grenade hit a bus taking workers to a northern Sinai cement factory Monday, killing at least three people and injuring 16, officials said.

Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, a military spokesman, told the al-Mesryoon daily a militant group aiming the grenade at a police vehicle on a road near el-Arish missed its target and the missile struck the bus carrying the Egyptian workers.

Dr. Tareq Khater of the Ministry of Health in the northern Sinai said some of the injured workers were in serious condition.

The attack occurred amid reports of plans by the Egyptian army to crack down on terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula

Security in the region has deteriorated since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi earlier this month.

Since then, Egyptian military posts and police and clerics have been attacked by militants and about 37 people have been killed in the Sinai Peninsula, the newspaper said.

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