Two policemen killed, one injured in North Sinai IED explosion

Ahram Online , Friday 21 Oct 2016

The deadly attack on security forces comes one week after 12 army soldiers were killed by militants in North Sinai, and several days after the army started a new counter-offensive operation

File Photo: Soldiers in military vehicles proceed towards al-Jura district in El-Arish city from Sheikh Zuwaid near Arish. (Reuters)

Two policemen were killed and one conscript was injured on Friday after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on a North Sinai highway, Egypt’s interior ministry announced on Friday.

In an official statement, the ministry said that unknown assailants planted the IED on the roadside of a highway in the vicinity of Al-Arish’s police station. The IED detonated as a water tanker was en route to distribute water to security checkpoints on the highway.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The deadly attack against security forces comes days after Egypt’s army launched a new concerted campaign to fight Islamist militants in north Sinai in response to last Friday's militant attack that killed 12 army soldiers and injured six others.

During the week, the army said it has killed over 50 militants.

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