Militants kill 18 police forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Militants kill 18 police forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, destroying three armoured vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

North Sinai has been caught in a crossfire between Egypt's security forces and militants since the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

At least 18 Egyptian security personnel were killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday when their vehicles struck a series of roadside bombs, according to local security sources.

Terror attacks in Egypt used to focus on police and military men in North Sinai before spreading nationwide and targeting the Coptic minority as well, with a lot of them claimed by a Sinai-based group loyal to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group.

The incident occurred some 30 kilometers west of Arish in northern Sinai, the heart of long-running militancy now led by the Velayat Sinai terror outfit.

While Egypt's Ministry of Interior didn't comment on the attack, a ministry official confirmed it to the state news agency MENA. It did not provide any casualty figures.

Directly after this attack, security forces launched intensive operations to arrest any IS members in Cairo and those who show affiliation to the group.

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

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.

El-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, has been a site of regular conflict between government forces and ISIL fighters in recent months.

The Sinai Peninsula borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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