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ISIS militants attacked an Egyptian police convoy: 18 dead

ISIS militants attacked an Egyptian police convoy: 18 dead”

English edition of Asharq Al-Awsat - the world's premier pan-Arab daily.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across Sinai - especially in the peninsula's volatile northeastern quadrant, which shares borders with both Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Following the explosion, the perpetrators opened fire on police officers.

Police were met with gunfire when they attempted to execute an arrest warrant on the suspects at dawn, according to the ministry. The wounded included a police brigadier general.

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The attackers detonated an improvised explosive device and managed to destroy three armoured vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle near Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, the security and medical sources said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry on Monday's attack.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Security forces were exchanging fire with militants near the explosion site and managed to kill several of them, MENA said.

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

In March, the military said militants killed 10 soldiers during an army raid in Sinai's central region.

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Terrorist attacks, mainly targeting police and military, increased after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 by military following massive protests against his rule. The militants were said to be the suspected members of a splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.



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