Militants on Friday blew up a school in the city of Rafah in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, according to a local security source.
"Terrorists remotely detonated a bomb planted in a school in Rafah’s Al-Rasm neighborhood," the source told Anadolu Agency, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media.
The bomb, he said, had not resulted in any casualties.
According to the same source, "terrorists" blew up the school to prevent security forces from using its roof to monitor their movements.
Last November, hundreds of families returned to Rafah after leaving more than two years ago amid intensive military operations against Sinai-based militant groups.
In a related development, security forces killed three militants near the city of Al-Arish (located roughly 47 kilometers southwest of Rafah), according to another local security source.
The source said the militants had attempted to flee the area on a motorbike before they were neutralized by security forces.
The northern Sinai Peninsula has remained the epicenter of a deadly insurgency since Mohamed Morsi -- Egypt’s first freely elected president -- was ousted in a 2013 military coup.
Since then, the "Welayet Sinai" ("Province of Sinai") group -- said to have links to the Daesh terrorist organization -- has claimed responsibility for a spate of attacks on Egyptian security forces deployed in the region.
Reporting by Mohamed Mahmoud; Writing by Mahmoud Barakat