Egypt says police killed 10 suspected militants in Cairo

Lucy Bush
September 12, 2017

Most attacks have been claimed by Ansar Beit El-Maqdis, or Sinai Province, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014. Militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, destroying three armoured vehicles and a signal-jamming vehicle.

It did not provide any casualty figures, but the attack appears to have been the deadliest on security forces in Sinai since July, when at least 23 soldiers were killed in a suicide auto bombing that targeted a checkpoint near the Gaza border.

At least 18 policemen have been killed in an attack on a convoy in Egypt's Sinai peninsula claimed by so-called Islamic State, security sources say.

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After the militants opened fire.

Police found in the two apartments bomb-making materials, assault rifles and ammunition as well as maps of vital state installations and computers in which instructions and details of future attacks were stored, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

Security forces were exchanging fire with militants near the explosion site and managed to kill several of them, MENA said.

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In March, the military said militants killed 10 soldiers during an army raid in Sinai's central region.

Five police officers were injured in the shootout that took place in the neighbourhood of Agouza, Giza governorate, during a raid on two suspected terrorist hideouts, Sputnik reported. In recent years there has also been a wave of attacks, mainly targeting security forces, blamed on a splinter faction of Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood group. They said the fighters had sneaked into the capital from northern Sinai but did not say whether they were members of ISIL.

An Islamist insurgency in the rugged Sinai peninsula strengthened after the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule.

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