North Sinai Bombing Kills at Least 15 Egypt Security Personnel

Egypt soldiers

The militants detonated an improvised explosive device and destroyed four armored vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

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.

Militants killed 18 people in an attack yesterday on a security convoy in Egypt's North Sinai, where police and troops are battling a jihadist insurgency, security and medical sources said. The gunmen then opened fire on policemen.

Among those killed were two police lieutenants.

At least 18 policemen were killed in a militant ambush in Egypt's Sinai.

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




The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media. Five policemen, including three officers, were also injured in the shootout.

A statement by the Interior Ministry, which oversees security forces, said the militants were hiding in two apartments in the densely populated Ard el-Liwa neighborhood, where they held organizational meetings and planned a "series of terror attacks" in central provinces, a reference to Cairo and its twin city of Giza.

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

Egyptian police on Sunday raided two adjacent apartments used as hideouts by members of a splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, killing 10 of them in a shootout, according to security officials.

Militants have killed hundreds of soldiers and police there since 2013, when the military, led by Sisi, ousted Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule.

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