Egypt: Car bomb kills 10 soldiers in Sinai

Nov 20, 2013, 2:42 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A car bomb on Wednesday tore through a bus carrying off-duty army soldiers in the turbulent region of northern Sinai, killing 10 and wounding 20, security officials said.

They said the car bomb struck the bus on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish. The soldiers belong to the 2nd Field Army, which is doing most of the fighting against militant Islamists waging an insurgency against security forces in Sinai. The bus was on its way to Cairo, the officials said.

The officials earlier said that the bus was carrying policemen in plainclothes, but later said they were soldiers. Confusion about the identity of victims in such attacks is common.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information publicly.

Egypt's police and army forces have been battling a burgeoning insurgency in the strategic Sinai Peninsula since the July 3 military coup that toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.