Death toll of terror attack in Egypt's Sinai rises to 18

Posted September 12, 2017

Ten militants from Egypt's Islamic State group affiliate were killed on Sunday in a police raid and a near three-hour shootout in a residential neighbourhood of Cairo, security officials said. Four armored vehicles and a fifth carrying signal-jamming equipment were destroyed while a police pickup truck was commandeered, they said.

Suspected militants Monday ambushed a police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 18 policemen and wounding several others, including a police brigadier-general, according to security and military officials.

The group considers the army and police apostates who should be killed for the sake of creating an Islamic Caliphate.

Since then, hundreds of Egyptian security personnel have been killed in attacks across Sinai - especially in the peninsula's volatile northeastern quadrant, which shares borders with both Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of ISIS.

The incident occurred some 30 kilometers west of Arish in northern Sinai, the heart of long-running militancy now led by the Velayat Sinai terror outfit. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media. That was the deadliest attack in two years. The militants were said to be the suspected members of a splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The ambush came a day after authorities said they had caught a cell planning attacks in the capital, Cairo.

Egypt has been fighting against a wave of terror activities that killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the military toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Police said the militants had sneaked into Cairo from the volatile northern Sinai.