At least three people were killed and 17 wounded early Monday morning in the northern Sinai when terrorists used rocket-propelled grenades to attack a bus carrying workers employed at a cement factory, security and medical sources told Al Ahram.

They said the bus was set on fire in El Arish, part of a sharp rise in Islamist terrorist attacks in the lawless region bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip since Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on 3 July.

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According to eye witnesses, the attackers shouted “Allahu akbar!” (God is great) after the bus was hit.

Earlier on Monday, a bomb exploded in a region close to a military vehicle near the Rafah border with Israel.

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