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ISIS jihadists strike police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Province, 18 cops killed

ISIS jihadists strike police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Province, 18 cops killed

ISIS jihadists strike police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Province, 18 cops killed

The police suffered their injuries after a suspected militant detonated an explosive device to block them from entering the building and during an exchange of fire that followed, security sources said.

At least 18 policemen have been killed and three injured on Monday in a terrorist attack claimed by the Islamic State in North Sinai's city of Al-Arish.

The attack turned into a gunfight and the militants also opened fire on ambulance workers, injuring four, the sources told Reuters.

Police were met with gunfire when they attempted to execute an arrest warrant on the suspects at dawn, according to the ministry.

A security guard gestures near the site of an attack that killed at least 26 people in Minya, Egypt May 26, 2017.

IS claimed it was behind the attack via its news agency Amaq.

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The attack took place about 30 kilometers (nearly 19 miles) west of al-Arish in northern Sinai, the epicenter of a long-running insurgency now led by the terrorist group.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The attack illustrates how hard it is for the government to crush a militant campaign that has withstood a four-year crackdown. According to the military, thousands of militants have been killed in the operations held against them.

It comes a day after the interior ministry said security forces had killed 10 suspected militants in a shootout during a raid on two apartments in Cairo.

Since 2013 following the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's army and security forces have increasingly engaged in violent confrontations in North Sinai with Islamist insurgents. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.

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