Islamic group state claims attack on police in Egypt's Sinai

Egypt in recent years has been battling a stepped-up insurgency in northern Sinai, mainly by militants from an Islamic State group affiliate.

10 August 2017 | 14:36

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 August 2017 | 14:36

Egyptian marines stand on the deck of an S42 submarine manufactured by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for the Egyptian navy during a ceremonial handover of the vessel in the Baltic Sea harbor of Kiel, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. (AP Photo)

CAIRO: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing four Egyptian policemen in restive northern Sinai peninsula.

The group said in a Thursday statement carried by its news agency AMAQ and circulated on social media that its militants carried out the attack on Wednesday in the town of el-Arish.

The Associated Press couldn't independently verify the authenticity of the statement.

State-run newspaper Al-Ahram newspaper said Wednesday that authorities are hunting the militants who opened fire on the policemen as they were riding in a private car.

Egypt in recent years has been battling a stepped-up insurgency in northern Sinai, mainly by militants from an Islamic State group affiliate. The campaign accelerated after the military ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

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