Policemen Gunned Down in Ferocious Terrorist Attack in North Sinai, Egypt

Sep 12, 2017, 00:39
Policemen Gunned Down in Ferocious Terrorist Attack in North Sinai, Egypt

The militants detonated an improvised explosive device and destroyed four armored vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

It was the deadliest attack in the northern Sinai in months.

Islamic State jihadists ambushed a police convoy, killing 18 officers and wounding seven others in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday.

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They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

Egypt's security forces killed 10 suspected militants on Sunday in a shootout during a raid on two apartments in central Cairo, the interior ministry said.

At least 18 policemen were killed in a militant ambush in Egypt's Sinai. The wounded included a police brigadier general. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

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The incident occurred some 30 kilometers west of Arish in northern Sinai, the heart of long-running militancy now led by the Velayat Sinai terror outfit.

Security forces were exchanging fire with militants near the explosion site and managed to kill several of them, MENA said. That was the deadliest attack in two years. According to the military, thousands of militants have been killed in the operations held against them.

Five police officers were injured in the shootout that took place in the neighbourhood of Agouza, Giza governorate, during a raid on two suspected terrorist hideouts, Sputnik reported. One of the militants, they said, died when an explosive device he meant to use against the policemen went off prematurely, killing him instantly.

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Private newspaper al-Masry al-Youm, citing security sources, reported that the slain extremists were from the self-styled Hasm group, which authorities accuse of being the armed wing of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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