Explosion wounds more than a dozen in Egypt

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EL ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An explosion outside a camp for Egyptian security forces in a city on the Suez Canal wounded more than a dozen people Thursday, officials said.

A security official said the blast targeted a Central Security Forces camp located at the entrance to Ismailia and was caused by a car bomb. He said at least 30 people were wounded, including three officers and 17 CSF troops.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The governor of Ismailia province, Gen. Ahmed al-Qassass, provided a different account, telling Egypt's private ONTV that initial information indicated that the blast was not a car bomb but rather an explosive device planted near the outside fence of the camp. He said 18 people were wounded.

Egypt has been hit with a string of car bombs and suicide attacks since the July 3 military coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, including an attempted assassination of the country's interior minister.

The military has pursued a wide-ranging offensive in the eastern Sinai peninsula in an attempt to drive Islamic militants from villages near border with the Gaza Strip and Israel.

In the latest of a stepped-up campaign of attacks against troops, a suicide car bomber hit a bus convoy of off-duty Egyptian soldiers last month in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 11 soldiers and wounding 37.