EL-ARISH, Egypt _ A pair of suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into military targets in Egypt's volatile Sinai on Wednesday, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding 17 people, security officials said.
One of the two bombings in the town of Rafah brought down a two-story building housing the local branch of military intelligence, while the other struck an army checkpoint.
The attacks also came less than a week after a suicide car bombing targeted the convoy of Egypt's interior minister, who is in charge of the police, shortly after he left his home in an eastern Cairo district. Mohammed Ibrahim, the minister, escaped unharmed, but the blast caused extensive damage in the area. An al-Qaida-inspired group based in Sinai later claimed responsibility for that bombing.