News ID: 200359
Published: 0211 GMT September 11, 2017

Sinai blast kills 18 Egyptian policemen

Sinai blast kills 18 Egyptian policemen

At least 18 Egyptian policemen were killed and three injured on Monday in an attack claimed by Daesh on a security convoy in the Sinai Peninsula, which is gripped by an insurgency.

Security and medical sources said the attack took place near Arish, the capital of North Sinai Province, and that two of those killed were officers. The injured included a brigadier general who lost a leg in the blast, according to Reuters.

Terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device and managed to destroy three armored vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle. The attack later turned into a gunfight and the terrorists also shot at ambulance workers, injuring four.

The Daesh terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted by its news outlet Amaq.

The terrorists have killed hundreds of soldiers and police since 2013, when the military ousted Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule.

At least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed when suicide car bombs tore through two military checkpoints in North Sinai in July, in one of the bloodiest assaults on security forces in years.

There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry on Monday’s attack. State news agency MENA quoted a high-ranking ministry official confirming the attack took place.

Security forces were exchanging fire with terrorists near the explosion site and managed to kill several of them, MENA said.

   
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