ISIS claims attack on Egypt police in Sinai

Geneva Matthews
September 12, 2017

The claim of responsibility for Monday's attack was carried by the extremist group's Aamaq news agency.

The attack took place about 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicenter of a long-running insurgency by militants now led by the Daesh terrorist group.

A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017.

At least 15 Egyptian security personnel were killed in North Sinai when their convoy was ambushed by suspected Islamic State militants, in one of the deadliest attacks on police in the restive area this year.

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

Police said they killed 10 extremists in two simultaneous raids on apartments in a densely populated Cairo neighborhood.

The attack turned into a gunfight and the militants also opened fire on ambulance workers, injuring four, the sources told Reuters.

Militants detonated an improvised explosive device and destroyed three armored vehicles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

The attack illustrates how hard it is for the government to crush a militant campaign that has withstood a four-year crackdown.

In March, the military said militants killed 10 soldiers during an army raid in Sinai's central region. They said the fighters had sneaked into the capital from northern Sinai but did not say whether they were members of ISIL.

North Sinai has been caught in a crossfire between Egypt's security forces and militants since the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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