Egyptian Police Killed in Sinai Ambush

The Al Jazeera news channel reported that the Islamic State's local affiliate claimed responsibility. Four armored vehicles and a fifth carrying signal-jamming equipment were destroyed while a police pickup truck was commandeered, they said.

The deadly assault came just a day after security forces carried out two simultaneous raids on apartments in a crowded district in capital Cairo.

At least 18 police forces, including a general, have been killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after militants ambushed their convoy, in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the restive region since January. Following the explosion, the perpetrators opened fire on police officers.

At least 18 policemen were killed in a militant ambush in Egypt's Sinai.

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The attack occurred near the town of El-Arish, administrative centre of province Northern Sinai. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

In December 2016, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi named the 22-year-old Mahmoud Shafiq as the suicide bomber who attacked a church attached to Egypt's main Coptic Church in Cairo, killing more than 25 people. According to the military, thousands of militants have been killed in the operations held against them. The militants were said to be the suspected members of a splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Five policemen, including three officers, were also injured in the shootout. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

They said initial enquiries indicate the militants were planning to attack state institutions, the police, the military and the judiciary, and to blow up key installations.

  • Megan Austin