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Nine suspected terrorists killed in shootout in Egypt

Nine suspected terrorists killed in shootout in Egypt

Militants detonated a roadside bomb near the town of el-Arish, reportedly destroying three armoured vehicles and a fourth with signal-jamming equipment. The wounded included a police brigadier general.

The Al Jazeera news channel reported that the Islamic State's local affiliate claimed responsibility. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

Unidentified security officials told Reuters that the attack took place near Arish, the capital of North Sinai province. It did not provide any casualty figures.

Egypt has been suffering from a spike in terrorist attacks targeting civilians in the mainland over the past year.

Directly after this attack, security forces launched intensive operations to arrest any IS members in Cairo and those who show affiliation to the group.




Monday's attack came a day after authorities said they had busted an extremist cell planning attacks in Cairo.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The duel raids also led to the injury of three police officers, three conscripts from the Central Security Forces, in addition to the injury of an officer from the National Security Agency and another two police personnel.

The Sinai - a triangular piece of land bordering southern Israel and the Gaza Strip - has emerged as the main battleground in the faceoff between Islamist militants and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

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