Militant blast, gun attack kill 18 police in Egypt's Sinai

Kristopher Drake
September 12, 2017

An initial report by Egypt's official Middle East News agency said nine suspected militants were killed and five policemen injured in the shoot-out.

According to the country's security and military officials, militants on Monday first detonated a number of roadside bombs that destroyed and set ablaze four armored vehicles and another one, which was carrying equipment used for signal jamming purposes.

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.

Death toll of Monday's anti-police terror attack in the city of Arish in Egypt's North Sinai province had climbed to 18, state-run Ahram newspaper reported. The gunmen then opened fire on policemen.

Egyptian police say they killed 10 suspected militants in a shoot-out near Cairo Sunday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

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. According to the military, thousands of militants have been killed in the operations held against them. In recent years there has also been a wave of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, blamed on a splinter faction of Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood group. They said the militants sneaked into the capital from northern Sinai.

Egypt is fighting an insurgency led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group based in the Sinai Peninsula as well as Brotherhood factions like Hasm, which target members of the security forces in Cairo.

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