Egypt police foil terrorist attack on checkpoint in North Sinai

Ahram Online, Monday 12 Nov 2018

File Photo: Egypt's police (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s interior ministry said on Monday it foiled an attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai’s El-Arish, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The police’s central security forces thwarted the attempted suicide bombing at a checkpoint on the ring road in El-Arish.

Egypt has been battling Islamist terrorists in North Sinai for several years. Terrorist attacks have mostly targeted security forces, particularly at military and police checkpoints.

Egypt launched Operation Sinai 2018 in February to target "terrorist and criminal elements and organisations" in northern and central Sinai, as well as parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert, the army said at the start of the operation.

More than 450 terrorists have been killed since the launch of the operation, Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman said in statements in October.

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