Egypt: 18 killed in attack on security convoy in North Sinai

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt's Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say.

Police and military officials said roadside bombs destroyed and set ablaze four armoured vehicles and a fifth one carrying signal jamming equipment.

They then opened fire with machine guns at survivors of the blast.

The Egyptian authorities claim they are battling the Welayat Sina, or "Province of Sinai" group, which is said to have links to the IS terrorist organization.

CAIRO, Egypt, September 12, 2017-The U.S. Embassy in Cairo condemns in the strongest terms today's attack in the Sinai that resulted in the reported deaths of at least 18 Egyptian policemen, including officers, as well as several ambulance workers, and expresses its deep sympathies for those killed and injured by this cowardly act of terrorism.

"When police forces dealt with the vehicle, it exploded and caused damages to the patrol's vehicles", it added.

It did not provide any casualty figures, but the attack appears to have been the deadliest on security forces in Sinai since July, when at least 23 soldiers were killed in a suicide auto bombing that targeted a checkpoint near the Gaza border.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it killed eight Egyptian soldiers in an ambush on the outskirts of El-Arish, according to the Aamaq news agency, which is affiliated with IS.

The ministry statement said police traveling in the convoy fired at a auto that rushed toward them, causing it to blow up and damage several of the convoy's vehicles.

The attack took place about 30 kilometers (nearly 19 miles) west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicenter of a long-running insurgency by militants now led by the extremist Islamic State group.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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