ISIS militants attacked an Egyptian police convoy: 18 dead

Militants attack convoy in Egypt’s Sinai kill 18 police

While the group is based in North Sinai province, it has also carried out attacks elsewhere including in the capital, and has claimed attacks that have killed more than 100 Coptic Christians since December. Militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, destroying three armoured vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

At least 26 Egyptian soldiers were killed or wounded on July 7, 2017, in attacks on checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula.

Among those killed were two police lieutenants.

The attack took place about 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of el-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicenter of a long-running insurgency by militants now led by the Daesh terrorist group.

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

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IS claimed it was behind the attack via its news agency Amaq.

Security forces had received information that a number of militants who escaped the restive North Sinai were hiding out in two apartments in Agouza and were planning a number of attacks in central governorates.

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 vehicle bombing that targeted a checkpoint near the Gaza border. "This was followed by a shootout between the police officers and the terrorists, resulting in the death and injury of several policemen". That was the deadliest attack in two years.

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.

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