Egyptian tank 'saves 50 lives' by running over vehicle filled with explosives

Egyptian tank 'saves 50 lives' by running over vehicle filled with explosives

The Egyptian Armed Forces said that seven civilians were killed in the north of the Sinai Peninsula in a terrorist attack by a vehicle bomb explosion near the checkpoint in the vicinity of the city of Arish.

With the tank retreating to a safer distance the auto then erupts into a massive ball of flames, suggesting that the impact of the collision or an individual within the vehicle triggered concealed explosives.

Panic stricken-civilians can be seen running for cover in the video footage.

According to an Egyptian Army spokesperson, up to 50 civilians and military personnel were saved from death.

The group, which routinely targets Egyptian security forces with bombings and drive-by shootings, claimed responsibility on Friday for an earlier attack on a three-car police convoy that killed one policeman and wounded three others in Fayoum governorate, southwest of Cairo.

He added: 'The armed forces reiterates that such terrorist acts only strengthen our determination to continue to eradicate this terrorism in our beloved Sinai from the roots.

Sadly, seven civilians reportedly died, including two younger children.

Jihadists launched an insurgency in Sinai after the military overthrew the divisive Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Seven civilians, including two young children, were killed by a auto bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday (July 24), Egypt's army spokesman said.