Two election judges and two police officers were killed Tuesday in a suicide attack at a North Sinai hotel where officials monitoring the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary polls were staying, the Egyptian army and Justice Ministry said. One slain judge held the position of deputy head of the country’s administrate system while the other was the deputy of the general prosecutor, according to the Justice Ministry. Two policemen were killed and at least 12 people injured in the attack, which targeted the Swiss Inn hotel in the North Sinai capital of Arish, according to a statement published by the Egyptian Armed Forces on the army spokesperson’s official Facebook page. Police, army troops and civilians were among those injured, the statement read.
An individual driving a private car approached the Swiss Inn hotel at 07:00 (05:00 GMT) before security forces blocked the vehicle from coming closer to the hotel. The car then exploded and killed the suicide bomber, the armed forces’ statement read.
Another suicide bomber managed to sneak into the hotel kitchen and detonate an explosive belt while the security forces were engaged with the car bomb driver, the statement added.
A third gunman slipped into a hotel room, shooting randomly and killing a judge, according to the army.