Suicide Bombs Hit Egypt Military in Sinai; Kill 9

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -

In near-simultaneous attacks, a pair of suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into military targets in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least nine soldiers and nudging the conflict there closer to a full-blown insurgency.

The bombings in the town of Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip appear to be a deadly response by terrorists to a military crackdown on their north Sinai hideouts that has reportedly left over three dozen dead.

Suicide attacks are a new element in the wave of political violence triggered initially by the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, and intensified by a violent crackdown on his supporters’ protest camps. They suggest that al-Qaida-inspired groups may be developing a new capability to strike at security and other targets, both in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt.