No Kiwis hurt in terrorist bomb in Egypt

  • 05/09/2015
Egpyt Bomb (Reuters)
Egpyt Bomb (Reuters)

No New Zealanders have been hurt in two terrorist bomb explosions that injured six international peacekeepers in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the Defence Force says.

The US Defence Department says two roadside bombs on Thursday injured four US members of the Multinational Force and Observers plus two others whose nationality was not disclosed.

Twenty-five New Zealanders serve with MFO, a non-UN peacekeeping mission founded in 1981 to oversee the agreement that ended conflict between Israel and Egypt.

Twelve countries contribute personnel to this mission.

A New Zealand Defence Force spokeswoman said no New Zealanders were involved in the incident, but the NZDF was aware of the situation.

MFO was once regarded as a low-risk mission but the rise of militant Islamist groups in the Sinai, including Islamic State, has made it increasingly dangerous.

Militant attacks have mostly been directed at Egyptian forces but the international force is increasingly being targeted.