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Egyptian police thwart attack on Al-Arish security checkpoint, killing assailant

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Sep 2015
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Egyptian police thwarted a plan to carry out a suicide attack against security personnel in the North Sinai city of Al-Arish, the interior ministry said in an official statement on Tuesday.

The officers killed the would-be bomber at 1am on Tuesday morning, during a nightly curfew in the city, after he refused to stop at a police roadblock.

After inspection, a large amount of explosives were found in the truck.

The assailant was also wearing an explosive belt.

In August, a roadside bomb killed two Egyptian policemen as they were travelling in an armoured vehicle in Al-Arish, according to the interior ministry.

Attacks in the North Sinai cities of Rafah, Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuwaid, primarily targeting security forces, have become frequent in the two years since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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