A soldier and a police officer were killed and more than a dozen people were injured as Egypt was rocked by three explosions Friday, raising fear of an increase in violence before the presidential election this month.
Two of the attacks were suicide bombings that took place in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where Egypt's army has been battling an Islamist insurgency; the third blast was set off in Cairo.
Most of the Sinai fighting has been taking place in the north, but Friday's attacks occurred in the town of El Tur in southern Sinai, closer to beach resorts that continue to draw foreign visitors and provide Egypt with badly needed tourist revenue.
Militant attacks in Egypt are usually aimed at security installations, and one of Friday's targets was an army checkpoint. But the other bomber struck a bus carrying civilians.
The checkpoint blast killed one soldier in addition to the bomber and injured five others, security officials said. The second explosion, on a nearby roadway, killed only the bomber, but injured four people aboard the bus. In the capital, Cairo, a crude device planted at a traffic-control post killed a policeman and injured four other people, the Interior Ministry said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks.
The United States this week moved to bolster Egypt in its fight against armed Islamist groups in Sinai, pledging to send 10 Apache attack helicopters whose shipment had been held up when some aid to Egypt was suspended last year. The Obama administration is also seeking to restore hundreds of millions of dollars worth of other aid, but has run into congressional opposition due to a series of repressive measures by Egypt's military-backed interim government.
Those have included the killing of more than 1,000 followers of ousted Islamist President
Government actions have also targeted freedom of expression and assembly, including the jailing of journalists and passage of a law criminalizing spontaneous street
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