Huge explosion hits Sinai police station; 6 killed

Egyptians gather around the crater following a bombing that struck a main police station in the capital of the northern Sinai province in el-Arish, Egypt, Sunday, April 12, 2015. AP

A suspected car bomb exploded at the entrance of a main police station in the capital of Egypt’s northern Sinai province, killing at least six, including a police officer and injuring several civilians, Egyptian officials said.

The officials say the explosion badly damaged the 3-story building. It left a deep crater in the residential area, and damaged several homes nearby. Civil defense forces were looking through the rubble for casualties, the officials said, and the death toll was expected to rise.

The explosion was the second major attack Sunday on troops in Sinai. Earlier Sunday, six soldiers, including an officer, were killed when a roadside bomb struck their armored vehicle traveling south of el-Arish…

UPDATE: Death toll up to 12

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