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Egypt's interior ministry mourns 15 policemen killed in North Sinai attack

Armed men launched mortar shells at a police checkpoint in Arish’s El-Safa neighbourhood, leaving 15 dead

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Mar 2016
Magdy Abdel Ghaffar
Egyptian Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar speaks during a press conference in Cairo on March 6, 2016 (AFP)
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Egypt's interior ministry mourns the death of 15 policemen who were killed Saturday in an armed attack on a police checkpoint in the North Sinai city of Arish, an official statement said on Sunday.

The ministry released in its statement the names of the the 15 policemen who were killed on Saturday when a mortar shell blasted through a police checkpoint in Arish’s El-Safa neighbourhood.

The victims were two police captains, a first lieutenant, and 12 conscripts, according to the statement.

Ahram Online could not reach medical sources in North Sinai to obtain numbers for the injured.

Meanwhile, Egypt's North Sinai prosecution began on Sunday investigations into the attack. 

The prosecution has inspected the site of the attack and will listen to the testimonies of eyewitnesses and officials in the checkpoint, judicial sources said. 

The North Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, which is affiliated with the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group said in a statement published online that it deployed a suicide bomber who blew up a car at the checkpoint, before militants attacked the site, according to AFP.

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