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Policemen Killed In Blast In Egypt's Sinai

Policemen Killed In Blast In Egypt's Sinai

The militants tried to ram the checkpoint with a rubbish lorry filled with explosives, but security forces killed the driver and safely detonated the lorry bomb.

Security and medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, said the truck bomb destroyed a nearby police building.

According to local media reports, three floors of the police building in El Arish city were blown up in the attack.

Eight policemen, one citizen and five armed persons were killed in two separate attacks against security checkpoints in northern Sinai, the Ministry of the Interior said. Police found the body of one of the attackers behind the wheel of the vehicle that exploded. Authorities have since blamed them for the killing of hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen.




Meanwhile, the Mekameleen satellite TV, which is said to be affiliated to Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement, said a number of security forces have been taken hostage by the assailants.

Islamist groups are thought to have carried out more than 400 attacks in the North Sinai region between 2012 and 2015.

The militant group staging the insurgency in Sinai pledged allegiance to Daesh in 2014 and adopted the name Sinai Province.

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